Jul
28
2009
2

Take COMMAND of Your Worship!

It should NEVER be a bore, a chore, or a bother to worship God… or to come to His house.

David wasn’t ashamed when he cried out in Psalm 100:4, “Enter His gates with THANKSGIVING… and into His courts with PRAISE; Give thanks to Him and praise His name!”

There should always be within us a sense of joy, a feeling of excitement, a knowledge of expectancy whenever we enter into the presence of God… be it in your daily time that you spend with him, be it when you go to the worship service at your church, wherever…. it doesn’t matter!

Because when we come into a real worship encounter with God… you’ve not just come to play games, or to take part in a weekly religious tradition, or to be seen by other people… you’ve come to meet the Creator of your body, the Author of your life, the Healer of your body, and the Savior of your soul.

Watch this:

Being in the marketing and advertising industry, I am trained to know how powerful the effect of our words are. The smoother I write my words, the more I can convince people to buy the products/services I promote… and the more money I make. On the flip side, if I write terribly, well… umm…. I eat Ramen Noodles and hot dogs for that week.

FACT: A good marketer can hypnotize you into such a deep trance with the words they write or say… that they can literally empty your pocket of all the cash you have… and clean your bank account out!

So you can see how surprised I was, when I read a church advertisement last weekend telling people to “Don’t stay home this Sunday… come to our church and give God his time for the week, you owe it to Him”

SAY WHAT!??

We should NEVER think of worshiping God as some type of community service that we are FORCED to do… because we were found guilty of some wrongdoing throughout the week.
God does not need our time… but we DO need His time!

Every morning that we wake up… we should literally COMMAND ourselves to worship God. Worship is defined as, “loving unquestioningly and excessively”. We should be glad and excited to be in his presence.

That same immediate feeling you get when you eat a bunch of chocolate candy bars… and wash it down with a big glass of red Kool-Aid… should be the same HIGH feeling you get when you worship God — except with the latter, you won’t have a “sugar crash”

Command yourself to worship the Lord, your God… every morning that He blesses you to have breath in your body, a roof over your head, and clothes on your back!

Until next time, be blessed… and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Inspiration,Joy |
Jul
08
2009
1

Smash Your Way through Walls… by Smiling!

Many of you will agree with me… we live in an unhappy generation, where people tend to gravitate towards being cold towards others… and are all about self.

But there is a SIMPLE way that we can melt through some of the coldest hearts… and demolish through some of the thickest walls that people raise around themselves.

This can all be done by smiling.

You don’t need to talk… or take alot of time… or even know a person to smile at them. A smile is not intrusive… a smile is not offensive… but a smile is one of the QUICKEST ways we can smash our way through emotional & personal walls that people raise up.

People naturally open up to people who smile. You bless others to have a good day when you smile at them. If someone is having a bad day… your smile can bless them. If YOU are having a bad day… your smile can encourage yourself, and literally “trick” you into having a better day!

A simple smile is so POWERFUL… Dale Carnegie listed it the first of 6 ways to get people to like you… in his Best Selling Book… “How to Win Friends and Influence People“.

Check out this poem written by Barbara Hauck, age 13:

She smiled at a sorrowful stranger.
The smile seemed to make him feel better.
He remembered past kindness of a friend and wrote him a thank-you letter.
The friend was so pleased with the thank-you letter that he left a large tip after lunch.
The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip, bet the whole thing on a hunch.
The next day she picked up her winnings and gave part to a man on the street.
The man on the street was grateful; for two days he’d had nothing to eat.
After he finished his dinner, he left for his small dingy room.
(He didn’t know at the moment that he might be facing his doom.)
On the way he picked up a shivering puppy and took him home to get warm.
The puppy was very grateful to be out of the storm.
That night the house caught fire.
The puppy barked the alarm.
He barked ‘til he woke the whole household and saved everybody from harm.
One of the boys that he rescued grew up to be a President.
All this because of a simple smile that hadn’t cost a cent.

Until next time, be blessed and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Inspiration,Joy,Relationship | Tags: , ,
Jul
02
2009
3

Today is a Blessing to you… from Your Father!

Today is a day of blessing for you! One way to kickstart your day in a good way... is to get out into nature, and do some running.

Today is a day of blessing for you! One way to kickstart your day in a good way... is to get out into nature, and do some running.

This is the day the LORD has made… let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it.”  (Psalm 118:24)

No matter what trials or difficulties you have been facing all week long… remember that yesterday is gone… and know that TODAY is a new day.

Today is a day not like the day before… but it is truly a blessing for you to be alive… and you should be JOYFUL about this blessing!

Many times, we tend to get caught up with the junk and the mess that goes on in our lives, businesses, home, and workplaces… and as human beings, we tend to CARRY the weights and burdens with us on a day to day basis.

But now is the time for you to relinquish that load and that heavy burden. Don’t allow the things that happened yesterday (the past)… to negatively affect you in the present moment that God has made for you.

I am not saying for any of you to forget about yesterday… or not learn any lessons from what happened in the past… but what I am saying is this: DO NOT allow your yesterday to negatively impact or destroy your day today.

This is truly a beautiful day for you… wherever in the world you are located at… and no matter what is going on in your personal life. We are only blessed with so many days to walk on this earth, so it is definitely in your BEST interest to live life fully, without being weighed down by your past.

If you are feeling tired and worn out in the morning when you wake up… or if you feel depressed or highly stressed about the day that is yet in front of you, try some of Dr. Daniel’s remedies and tell me how it works out for you:

* Get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed around 9pm-10pm on weekdays… get a good 8 hours sleep, and wake up around 5am-6am. You will feel REFRESHED in the morning!

* Talk to God EARLY in the morning. Pray to God to give you strength and peace for your day today… and thank Him for the beautiful day that He has blessed you with… and thank Him for what He has already blessed you with (good health, beautiful family, roof over your head, etc.)

* Get the Daily News… Gospel News that is. I recommend getting a One Year Bible, that allows you to read the whole Bible in one year. If you are strapped for time in the morning… just read the New Testament section, Psalms, and Proverbs each day.

* Get Fresh Air. Try to get out after your 15 minutes of prayer & Bible time and get some fresh air. Get out into nature early in the morning and go jog… and get some good air into your system. That will invigorate you for the rest of the day!

* Declare What Your Day Will Look Like. Make a declaration with your mouth on what you EXPECT your day to look like… and more times than not your day will look exactly as the words you speak.

If you have any questions about God, the Bible, or life in general that you would like discussed next Thursday… please e-mail me at Daniel [at] TodayAbundance [dot] com… or leave a comment on this post.

Until tomorrow, be blessed, and walk in God’s abundance for your life today!



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Jun
24
2009
3

You are Christ’s Ambassador!

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

This word of God came through Paul (way back in the day) to the people living in Corinth. He was telling them that they are ALL called into the ministry of reconciliation… which means we are called to help “re-establish the relationship with God and people”, anyway possible.

When you think about the word ‘ambassador‘… what comes to your mind? The biggest thing that comes to my mind when I think of what an ambassador is a scene out of the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” with Keanu Reeves!

In one particular scene, Keanu, who is playing an alien from outer space visiting the earth… comes here to decide whether us puny earthlings are even worth being saved from destruction (the aliens from above saw how much damage we were doing to the earth & wanted to crush us like little ants).

Keanu’s character is abused, shot, mistreated, and finally handed over to the Vice-President of the United States, Sarah Palin… err… I mean Kathy Bates.

V.P. Bates then starts to diss the alien (Keanu)… and finally a frustrated Keanu asks her if she is a representative of the whole human species…. and does she speak for all of mankind.

Bates foolishly answers ‘Yes’… and because of her claiming to be a “representative” of the whole human species… Keanu tells his alien cohorts that the humans are evil and will not change their ways… so destroy the WHOLE planet!

Wow! Because of one person acting badly as a representative for 6+ billion people on this earth… the alien saw the “worst side” of humanity and passed judgment!

The same is true for us in our relationship with Christ Jesus and people. When people know that you are a Christian… you are viewed by them as an ambassador for God, and a representative for the Kingdom.

You put a face to God in front of other people… whether you want that responsibility or not!

That is why it is SO very important for us to handle ourselves in a respectful and wise way when we are around other people. You NEVER know who is watching you.

That is why it is SO very important that those that God has entrusted as leaders of His Kingdom here on earth (ex. pastors, priests, evangelists, teachers, writers, artists, etc.) and are in the public spotlight must stand tall and put Jesus in a good light.

Like it or not… we don’t ever want anyone to fall away from Christ Jesus, because of our actions. We are ambassadors for the King of kings and Lord of lords… and we MUST not take that responsibility lightly!

I do not want to die and go to heaven… only to have Jesus tell me 20 people went to hell, because they saw the “bad side” of me.

We are God’s Public Relations firm. Check out what my friend, Jasper Nhira, wrote on God’s P.R. on his blog the other day:

A successful campaign, actor, and business all have one thing in common; Great PR (Public Relations). Gandhi once said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” I believe that many people feel this way about Us (Christians).

I don’t think we get it, we are the only JESUS people will see on this earth and its sad that we take our divine mandate so lightly.

The Merriam-Webster definition of Public Relations is, “The business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution.”

Are you inducing the public to have an understanding for and goodwill toward God? Better yet is the church you attend living up to the definition of a good Public Relation firm?

Unfortunately, we often sing and preach about the lost but when we’re presented with the opportunity to be Gods personal PR representative we either don’t show up or we don’t do a good job.

Jasper Nhira once said, “When You profess to be a Christian people will not only judge your actions against you but against the one that you profess Lives within you.”

Lets Profess each day that we will become the best PR Representative that God has called us to be. You can do it. It just takes one step at a time.

Jasper Nhira
Know God For Yourself!
Let’s Discuss This. Comments Appreciated.

Until tomorrow, be blessed… and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Faith,Inspiration,Joy | Tags: , ,
Jun
17
2009
2

Declare Yourself to Be a Success!!

Declare Yourself to Be a Winner Today!

Declare Yourself to Be a Winner Today!

Have you ever woke up in the morning… and didn’t feel like getting out of bed. Perhaps you dreaded getting up because you knew you had a very busy day ahead of you… Perhaps you didn’t get up because you had to go to that ‘crappy job’ that you hated… or maybe truthfully, you didn’t want to get up, because you just plain didn’t want to have to deal with ANY of those crazy people that day.

Whatever the case is… I have some good news and bad news for you, you AWESOME man or woman of God. What do you want to hear first?

Bad news first? Okay thanks for telling me, here goes:

The bad news is no matter how bad, tired, unmotivated, or yuck you feel when you get up in the morning… you HAVE to get up! Unless you are dead or physically handicapped… you really don’t have a good reason to stay in bed.

The good news is this: Although you can’t stay in bed all day long for the rest of your life… you CAN control how your day goes, whether it goes positively or negatively.

And if your day is positive… then that gives you a good reason to jump up out of bed each morning with excitement!

The Bible tells you and I in Job 22:28 this: “You will decree (DECLARE) a thing and it WILL be established… and the light will shine upon ALL your ways”

Basically, when you start making declarations with your mouth… you can start to move things and shape how your day will unfold… even before you get out of bed!

Declare in the morning what you want your day to look like and feel like. Declare yourself to be a winner… Declare yourself to be wealthy… Declare yourself to be a better spouse or parent… Declare that you will be patient with those who get on your nerves… Declare that you will NOT flip people off in traffic.

Declare until you’re all blue in the face… and about to pass out, take a moment to rest up… and then declare some more!

Have you ever wondered why some people are VERY happy, positive, and have high self-esteems… while others around you are full of drama, negativity, and have low self-esteems?

It is because some people have discovered the secret to a joyful and awesome life. The secret is that they (1) THINK positively toward themselves and others, and (2) SPEAK positively toward themselves and others.

So right now, I challenge you to go through the 30-Day test that I am personally putting myself through. For 30 days, I will:

(1) Not think negatively towards anybody or myself (and if I do, I will immediately replace it with a positive thought)
(2) Make declarations with my mouth of what I EXPECT my day to look like.

I have even gone to the extent of writing down my declarations on paper… and have dedicated myself to reading them each morning before I get off to start working. Want to see what my declarations are? I know you do! Here they are:

* I will think positively today and allow negativity to ruin my day.
* I will walk in love towards my wife, others, and myself today.
* I will worship you God today in everything I do, and not be shy about telling others about your goodness.
* I will accept and love myself today, because I am created in Your image.
* Anything is possible for me to accomplish today, if I believe in it.
* I can do ALL things through you Christ Jesus, because you strenghten me!
* You have given me the power to get wealth today, so I know that my actions and your favor will lead me to increase in my business & finances.
* The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just, and I am just because I believe in you Lord!
* I and my family are healed today in our bodies and in our minds by the stripes (wounds) you endured for us on cavalry.
* Today, I will walk in power against Satan, demons, and the world because I AM an overcomer!

What do you think about declarations? Let me know by commenting below… and tell us what some of your declarations are!

Blessings to you,

Pastor Daniel Wiafe



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Apr
15
2009
0

Shout With a Voice of Victory… and Watch the Walls Fall!

Back in the ancient times before civilizations had tanks, full-metal armor, nukes, and weapons of mass destruction… the strongest thing that a king had to protect his kingdom, people, and possessions with, were stone walls.

These kings would raise up tall, mighty walls that were fortified with stone and mortar… and surround the city with these walls, so it would make it ALMOST impossible for any enemy to invade their city.

Many times in life… we feel like there are external forces against us, which there are… and often it feels like these forces OVERPOWER us in our emotions and make us feel like giving up… or make us feel depressed. We want to accomplish something in life, or go further… but it seems like the enemy has built up “tall, mighty walls” around what we want to attain, and we feel powerless and drained emotionally.

In order for an army to break through the walls… it would often times take incredible strength and effort, and in the case of Joshua of Nun… it took a DIVINE effort for him and his armies to break through into the city of Jericho.

Consider this verse:

“Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in…. Then the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men… March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.

Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.” (Joshua 6:1-5)

Before Joshua was even within eyeshot of the mighty walls surrounding the city of Jericho… God PROMISED him the city! All God wanted of Joshua and his army… was for them to (1) Obey what He commanded… and (2) Give forth a loud shout of praise… and the walls of Jericho WOULD fall.

The Bible continues on and tells us that Joshua did as he was commanded… and that the Mighty Walls of Jericho did indeed fall, when the fighting men of Israel lifted up a shout of praise to God. They then RUSHED into the city, and TOOK what belonged to them!

My encouragement to you this day is this:

WHEN YOUR PRAISES GO UP… THE WALLS WILL COME DOWN!

Sometimes you just have to shout with joy to God in the midst of your confusion, anxiety, and troubles… and many times that is all it will take to bring those mighty walls down. Try it and see what happens. When you shout for joy, it puts you in a happy, child-like state… where problems that seemed SO large, no longer seem so large anymore.

Today… if you are feeling down and out, under the weather…. or if you feel like you’re fighting a battle that is just too large for you… remember that the battle is not yours, its the Lords, and He has NEVER lost a battle. Give Him a SHOUT of JOY for what He has done in your life… and WATCH those walls come tumbling down!



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Jan
05
2009
0

How to Stay Positive in an Unpositive World

That’s right… no creative or catchy headline title this week… just a good, old fashioned ‘How to’ post that I believe will add some positive sunshine and warmth… to someone who may be having a slightly cloudy and overcast week.

Early on December 27th… my mother passed away. She had been extremely sick for the past 2 years… had become incapacitated in the past few months… pulled out her feeding tube a week prior… and her two sons had to make the HARD decision to agree with the doctor’s recommendation that the feeding tube not be reinserted because of her physical condition.

All this happened around Christmas, which is supposed to be a warm, fuzzy, joyful time of the year. That in more words or less… made the situation we faced. suck extremely that much more.

Now watch this…

Anytime one of our loved ones die… anytime we are in a long-term relationship with someone (whether it is dating or marriage) and it breaks up… anytime we are in a financial crisis and it seems like Repossession, and is big brothers Eviction and Foreclosure are knocking at our doors… anytime when it seems like everybody at the job or in your household are talking about you so bad that you want to get some boxing gloves, take them to the ring, and go Mike Tyson on them…

…I can bet money that you are probably not having a warm, bright, sun-shiny day. In fact, your day feels like it’s cloudy… overcast… drizzly… cold and icy… gray skies… and all that other good stuff.

So do you have a right to be mad at the world if you’re having an UNPOSITIVE day, or do you have a right to throw an adult temper tantrum, or do you have a right to show everybody what kind of day (or week) you’re having?

No. No, you don’t.

I was reading a post by my good friend Jasper, where someone quoted God’s promise to us on his note: “As a man [or woman] thinks, so is he [or she]” (Proverbs 23:7). The guy continued to say, “We have to fake it, until we make it”.

That’s true, especially when we’re trying to be POSITIVE in a generally unpositive world!

FACT: Being unpositive and mad at the world does NOTHING good for us anyways, so why have that type of mindset.. even if you “deserve” to feel that way. Being mad like that all the time brings stress, anxiety, can cause sickness and disease in your body, and causes people to avoid you like an Al Sharpton for President rally!

If you’re having trouble staying positive this week… remember to (1) Look at the glass as half-FULL, and not half-empty.

Identify (2) What is the good thing that can come out of a bad situation. In my mother’s case, she is no longer in pain… and she is in heaven now, and at that I can REJOICE!

(3) Learn to smile and be friendly towards others around you… even if you have to fake it ’till you make it, and FORCE yourself to smile when you don’t want to. Go ahead and try it out… it works. Give 10 people today a great, big-old Kool-Aid man smile… and see if it doesn’t make you happier… and do something positive for your day!

Remember, being unpositive and mad towards everyone else WILL not make you happy, but will bring yourself (and others) down. Being positive (even if you have to force yourself), is just what the doctor ordered when your day is not going all good and gravy.

If this post helped you.. or you think it can help someone else, feel FREE to forward it or post it to your friends and loved ones.

Until next time, I love everybody… have a positive day… congratulations to my cousin Marian on her wedding last week… and walk in God’s abundance, today!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Encouragement,Joy | Tags: , ,
Nov
03
2008
0

So You Had a Bad Day?

LOL… Does that YouTube video above describe you?

Once again, it’s MONDAY… and today millions of people from coast to coast in America (including you), have jumped out of bed, with a huge smile on their face, excited and leaping with joy… with the sun shining bright through their windows… lovely bluebirds chirping beautiful songs in the trees outside… waking up to the fresh, tantalizing aroma of mountain-grown coffee!

Why?

Because we get to start yet another WONDERFUL workweek at our job, business, or school!

Okay, so the stats are probably only about 1 in a million people who enjoy Monday mornings (and you are probably not that 1 in a million)

And that scenario above is probably more in tune to a Walt Disney movie… or an old 1980’s Folgers commercial.

The rest of us roll out of bed, with crust in our eyes… stank breath… cursing and complaining… kicking the dog… the alarm clock blaring in our ears… rushing to work because we overslept and have to be at work in 13 minutes.

Life can be so HORRIBLE… our weekends (Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays) seem to RUSH by in 1 day… and our weekdays (Monday through Friday) seem to CREEP by at a snail’s pace of 10 days.

Again, I say, life can be so HORRIBLE… or does it really have to be?

God declares in his word, “As a man thinks (believes) in his heart (mind), so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7). Don’t worry ladies, God isn’t leaving you out… when He says “man”, He’s talking about “mankind”, which includes you… so go ahead and let out a big sigh of relief. *WHEW!*

Whether we have a good day, bad day, wonderful day, or horrible day… depends entirely on YOU and nobody else!

It doesn’t depend on how your co-workers treat you at the job… it doesn’t depend on whether you have enough money in the account so that your car payment doesn’t bounce, AGAIN… it doesn’t even matter whether Obama is elected tomorrow, or if McCain is elected tomorrow.

Whatever you believe in your mind or your heart about YOURSELF… that is what will frame your entire day or week that is yet in front of you, for the POSITIVE… or for the NEGATIVE. Your mindset and emotions RIGHT NOW are the fabric from which your future will be sewn from TODAY and TOMORROW.

If you believe that everyone is against you… they WILL be against you. If you believe you will never achieve anything in life… you will NEVER achieve anything. If you believe that today is going to be another painful day… it is GOING to be a painful day. If you believe in boogie men living under your bed… guess what? Well, I’ll leave that one alone…

But honestly, I think when we get down to the point and the nitty gritty of things… 999,999 out of 1 million WANT to have a great day, and want to love life, and want to have joy… but their thoughts don’t reflect this…

So go ahead and try this today… if you want to change your life today at mind-shattering speeds… and start seeing the glass as half-full (and not half-empty), try this prescription that Dr. Daniel is going to prescribe to you today for AT LEAST 30 days… and take it every morning when you wake up. I promise, it’ll taste better than Robittisum (I guess everything tastes better than that stuff!)

Your Prescription: Start calling yourself what you want your day [and life] to look like.

Yes, you read that right… I know your momma gave you a good name at birth, but God is going to give you another name today… so that you can walk in some abundance, today!

* My mother named me Joan, but today… I AM Joy!
* My mother named me Blake, but today… I AM Blessed!
* My mother named me Winnie, but today… I AM Wealthy!
* My mother named me Henry, but today… I AM Happy!
* My mother named me Simone, but today… I AM Strong!
* My mother named me Victor, but today… I AM Victorious!
* My mother named me Constance, but today… I AM a Conqueror!

You see where I’m going with this… I could keep on going on and on telling you who your heavenly Father wants you to be! You think I’m crazy by saying this, but it WORKS if you’ll work it!

God did it when Abraham was sent by faith to sacrifice his only beloved son Isaac, on a mountain in Genesis 22. God provided a ram in the bush for Abraham to kill in place of Isaac… and God said His name at that point was Jehovah Jirah (I AM a Provider). God’s many names reflect who He is and what He will do for his children, and include Jehovah Rophe (I AM a Healer), Jehovah Shalom (I AM Peace), Jehovah Tsidkenu (I AM Your RIghteousness).

If God can do this… then we can too, as we were ALL made in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26).

So today, have an AWESOME day. Find out what your TRUE name is, and call yourself AND your day by your TRUE name today and for the next 30 days… and until tomorrow, walk in God’s Abundance today!



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Nov
01
2008
0

Go Ahead and Delight Yourself… Really!

Okay, so this is my 2nd motivational post on the NEW blog (yeaaah!). It comes on a Saturday, and really I only want to post inspiration on Monday through Friday as the Lord places on my heart… but here goes a little abundance tidbit for you below…

Oh yes… and remember… ABUNDANCE starts in your mind first & begins for you TODAY and RIGHT NOW! Yesterday cannot be changed and tomorrow is too late to start. Start making the positive changes in your life today and don’t wait… because God has something GOOD for you!

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Good Morning!

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – (Psalm 37:4)

Stay busy delighting yourself in the Lord (seeking your happiness and satisfaction in Him), and let Him give you what He wants you to have. If God has placed the desire in you, you can be assured that He will bring it to birth in the right season.

Joyce Meyer



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Joy | Tags: , ,
Oct
31
2008
1

Only the Strong Survive!

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:12,13

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Think about where you, your family, and your loved ones are at at this present stage of life today… Really, just take a few seconds… maybe about 15-30 seconds and think deeply about it. Where are you at in life right now? How are things going for you in this time of economic crisis… when businesses are closing down, and millions are being laid off across the country?

How is your home and family life going? How is your spiritual life going right now at this very moment?

Are you happy? Sad? Confused? Excited to be living? Depressed? Slightly constipated (LOL)?

Thought about it enough? GREAT! Go ahead and give yourself a round of applause and celebration no matter where you are at life right now. Go ahead and look crazy foolish at your computer in front of your co-workers as you read this and clap your hands!

Okay, so I know you’re thinking this exact same thought… “Daniel, are you crazy man?! Why should I give myself a round of applause“. This holds true especially if you are at a low point… or going through difficult times in life, household, job, or relationships right now… why is there ANY reason for me to celebrate? Why is there ANY reason for me to praise God?

Keep reading as I tell you why… I promise you at the end of this blog post, you’ll be jumping up and down praising God. [In my BEST Sarah Palin voice] “You betcha, you will!”

Imagine yourself living back in the turn of the millenium about 2,000 years ago. Yes I know, NOT having an iPod, television, running water, or fast food WOULD suck pretty bad… but please entertain me, and imagine yourself back in those good ole’ days.

You have been giving a once-in-a-lifetime job to do by your boss… and you do it to the best of your ability, to the best of your knowledge, to the best of your talent, and most importantly… you do your job to the best of your strength.

Now think of this… you currently work at a job where all your co-workers respect you and your bosses love you! You are well known and loved in your community because of your title. It’s a high-paying job, there’s pretty much no struggle in your life, no anxiety in your life… you are absolutely Ballin’ (even though you don’t have an iPod, running water, or McDonalds).

Now think of this… you find wind that your company does VERY shady & horrible things in the community… and you know in your heart of hearts that that company is WRONG and you decide to pack up and leave and get a new job.

You are blessed and highly favored… so of course you get a new job right away!

Your new job requires that you spend most of your life traveling across the country…, you have to sell a service that most of your customers don’t think that they need…, you have to sleep in ratty, damp, rank motels each night…, oh and get this… occasionally your customers attempt to stone you to death and throw you off of cliffs!

Hold up your hand if you’re ready to turn in your resume and apply for this wonderful job.

This in essence, is what the Apostle Paul faced in his time. He was given the most important job in the world (to preach God’s Good News that Christ came to save all men & women who will give their lives to him)… and in many cases… Paul was ridiculed, he was beaten, savagely attacked, mocked at every turn, didn’t have much money in his pockets, his friends abandoned him when he needed them the most… and this was on GOOD days!

Kind of puts a new perspective to us when we complain about not being able to buy that new plasma TV from Best Buy… or that hot, new dress from J.C. Penneys… doesn’t it?

Paul knew what is was like to be wealthy, he knew what is was like to be everyone’s friend, he knew what it was like to sleep in a warm bed, and he knew what is was like to live the high life.

On the flip side of the coin… her also knew what it was like to be dirt-broke poor, he knew what is was like to be hated, he knew what is was like to sleep in the cold and the rain, and he knew what it was like to be hunted by the same people who were once his friends.

In Philipians 4:12-13… he makes the proud declaration, that NO matter what position he is in life, NO matter what happens to him, NO matter who loves him or hates him, NO matter how happy or sad he is in life… HE WILL BE CONTENT AND HAVE JOY. Why? Because “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strenghtens Me!”

No matter how horrible the economy… have excitement knowing that God will give you the strength of satisfaction that even if you lose this job or your business, he will provide you with a new one!

No matter if your marriage is struggling or troubled… be happy knowing that God will give you (and your spouse) the strength of heart to forgive the other person, and the strength of healing to mend anything that happened in the past!

No matter if you are depressed in life, and think you should be farther ahead in life than where you are at now… have the strength of JOY knowing that Psalms 30:5 declares that “Weeping may endure for a night, but YOUR joy comes in the morning”.

Be encouraged today and full of life knowing that you can’t do it all in your own strength… but when you come to a breaking point when you feel you can’t make it another day or continue on… that you can depend of the STRENGHT OF GOD… and He will LIFT you through EVERY problem, provide for you, and replenish you!

Until next Monday, be blessed, man or woman of God and know this…. “You can do ALL things through Christ Jesus who Strengthens You!”



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