Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: Don’t Be Afraid!

Motivate Me

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 NLT, second edition).

What are the things you’re worried about? The Mayor’s election? Your health? Your bills? Your kids? Are you worried about the future? The fact is there are lots of reasons to be afraid in today’s world. But God’s promise is that, even in your darkest valleys, he is walking beside you.

It’s interesting to note that there are 365 verses in the Bible that say, “Fear not.” God provided us with one “Fear not” message for every day of the year! Don’t you think God is saying, “Get the message. Don’t be afraid.” It’s interesting that almost every time God talks to someone in the Bible, the first thing he says is, “Don’t be afraid!”

Why? Because our hurts and hang-ups can often cause us to think that God is out to get us, that all he wants to do is condemn us and punish us. But that simply isn’t true. Jesus is the proof of that.

When we understand God’s grace and mercy, then we have no need to fear the future. God isn’t trying to get even with you. Jesus has taken the penalty for everything you’ve ever done wrong or will do wrong. He paid for it on the cross. So when a bad thing happens, you don’t have to think, “God’s getting even with me.” Instead, remember, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me” (Psalms 23:4 NLT, second edition).

 

04-28-16-The-Daniel-Plan-Dont-Be-Afraid

Be blessed,

signature_mjlluo9e3ke93x45ml

(Source: Rick Warren)

Advertisements
Motivation · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: How to Know with Certainty the Plans God Has for You

PowerThoughts1

All around the prophet Jeremiah, the whole world seemed to be falling apart. His home, his nation, his people—everything continued to slip away. But right in the midst of this dark time, God gave a promise that still fills us with hope today:

“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)

Perhaps you have come face to face with the sorrow that Jeremiah felt. Perhaps you, too, know what it’s like to see everything fall apart all around you. You know the pain, the uncertainty.

But do you know the promise?

God gave this pledge to the people of Israel who lived in exile, but it’s no less true to any of us who follow Jesus. He does have a plan and purpose for us that—while not always easy—is assuredly for our good and His glory (Romans 8).

So, how can we know this plan He has for us? And how can we walk confidently in it?

Listen Up

Before God gave this famous promise, He warned the people of Israel not to listen to false voices (Jeremiah 29:8–9). The same is true for you. All around, you’ll hear advice from a number of sources about what your purpose is, why you’re here on earth, and how to overcome challenges. In fact, all these voices can be deafening.

But knowing the plans God has for you means listening to the One who has them. You need to make time in your daily life to stop and read God’s Word and speak to Him. That’s the only way you can navigate the cacophony of opinions that come barreling at you. When you know your Creator and His voice, you can hear Him above the noise.

The more you grow accustomed to His Word, the more confident you’ll feel in His guidance through the Holy Spirit.

Action step: Make margin in your life for prayer and Bible study. You need to hear God’s voice above the roar of the world.

Keep Your Head Up

God spoke this passage to the people of Israel who had been dragged away in exile far from their homes. They faced some very tough times, but He didn’t want the former loss to be their focus. Instead, He wanted them to focus on the future hope.

The same is true for you. When you face challenges, you’ll want to quit or change directions. But if you’ve been spending time listening to God, challenges don’t necessarily mean that you need to throw in the towel. In fact, it could very well be the challenges themselves that prepare you for God’s purpose in your life.

When officials tossed the apostle Paul in prison, he didn’t take that as a sign that he should pack it up and return home. He used the opportunity to sing praises and witness to the jailer and his family (Acts 16).

If your children seem like they’re running farther and farther from Christ, if your marriage isn’t getting any better, if no job has opened up, don’t let those circumstances drag you down. Look for opportunities to shine the light of Christ even more. Ask God to keep molding you through the trials.

Keep believing that God is up to something, even if you can’t see it yet. After all, God’s purpose for our lives often leads us through the valley to refine us.

Action step: If you’re in the heart of a bad situation, take a moment to pray about and look for opportunities that God may have for you. Take stock of how God is using this tough time to change you.

Look up—to the Cross

God gave an amazing promise to the Israelites of Jeremiah’s day:

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

Not long afterward, God would fulfill all the promises He’d made to them. You see, from Genesis 3:15 to the exile into Babylon (and their later return), God had been telling them of a Savior, a promised One, a Messiah. And God wanted His people to remember that He would fulfill His Word to them.

In our case, all of God’s plans and promises for our lives begin with the cross. Our purpose on this earth starts at Calvary with the death of Jesus and proceeds to the tomb with His resurrection. As a Christian, we’re here to share that good news in all that we do. That’s at the heart of what God intends for us, and His purpose will never take you away from being ambassadors of His grace (2 Corinthians 5:20).

So, any plan God has for you will start and end with Jesus. You’ll have the opportunity to share the good news about Him in whatever situation God intends for you.

Action step: Take inventory of your goals and aspirations. Is Jesus at the center of them? If not or you’re not sure, ask God to help you keep the cross in sight.

 

God bless.

Love and joy to you all,

3l8vgf8e2pga9jxok0br

 

(Source: Bible Study Tools)

Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: You Don’t Have to Forget

Motivate Me

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”(Romans 8:28 NIV).

You’ve heard this phrase over and over: “Forgive and forget.” There’s only one problem with it: You can’t do it. It’s impossible! You really can’t forget a hurt in your life. In fact, you can’t even try to forget it. Because when you’re trying to forget, you are actually focusing on the very thing you want to forget.

Forgetting is not what God wants you to do. Instead, he wants you to trust him and see how he can bring good out of it. That’s more important than forgetting, because then you can thank God for the good that he brought out of it. You can’t thank God for things you forget.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV).

It doesn’t say that all things are good, because all things are not good. Cancer is not good. Disease is not good. Death is not good. Divorce is not good. War is not good. Rape and abuse are not good. There are a lot of things in life that are evil. Not everything that happens in this world is God’s will.

But God says he will work good out of the bad things in life if you will trust him. When you come to him and say, “God, I give you all the pieces of my life,” he will return peace for your pieces. He gives you peace in your heart that comes from knowing that even if you don’t understand the hurt in your life, you can still forgive, knowing that God will use that pain for good.

You don’t have to forget the wrong thing that someone did to you. You can’t do it even if you tried! God says you don’t have to forget it. You just have to forgive and then see how he will bring good out of it.

04-25-16-The-Daniel-Plan-You-Dont-Have-To-Forget

 

Be blessed,

signature_mjlluo9e3ke93x45ml

(Source: Rick Warren)

Blogging Thru The Bible · Deuteronomy

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Today, we begin Book of Deuteronomy {Resources for 11-15}

JoinUs

Deuteronomy 11-15

Welcome back to Week 3 in the Book of Deuteronomy!

If you are new here – jump in with our reading this week and catch up on the weekends.  All are welcome to join anytime – there are no enrollments or sign-ups.

And you are welcome to join us at our FB group for discussion and fellowship:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/724894230988215/

 Here’s the  Printable Bible Bookmark

DeuteronomyBookmark

Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

Wk3

This week we will look at:

Chapter 11: Love and serve the Lord.

Chapter 12:  Instructions for worshiping the Lord.

Chapter 13: Avoiding temptations from prophets, friends, relatives, and entire cities.

Chapter 14:  Clean versus unclean foods and tithing.

Chapter 15:  Mercy for the poor.

Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions:

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.}

1112131415

To print the 34 Discussion Questions for Deuteronomy – click here.

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Deuteronomy 11Deuteronomy 12Deuteronomy 13Deuteronomy 14Deuteronomy 15

Slide1

Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Deuteronomy 11-15.

Daily Check-Ins on Facebook and Instagram!

Join us EVERY weekday morning after 8am GST on Facebook to discuss the day’s reading assignment.

Join the #GoodMorningGirlsUK community. Share your insights using the hashtag #GoodMorningGirlsUK. 

92H

 

Be blessed and Happy Studying!

Peace be with you all,

signature_mjlluo9e3ke93x45ml

Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: What Forgiveness Really Is

PowerThoughts1

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a NIV).

Forgiveness may be the most misused, misapplied, and misunderstood quality in our culture. We think we know what forgiveness is all about, but we really don’t. Before reading further, take a minute to do this little quiz by deciding if each statement is true or false.

  1. A person should not be forgiven until he asks for it.
  2. Forgiving includes minimizing the offense and the pain caused.
  3. Forgiveness includes restoring trust and reuniting a relationship.
  4. You haven’t really forgiven until you’ve forgotten the offense.
  5. When you see somebody hurt, it is your duty to forgive the offender.

When you read the Bible and see what God has to say about forgiveness, you discover that all five of those statements are false. How did you do?

We’re going to spend the next few days looking at what forgiveness really is, because most people don’t understand forgiveness.

First, real forgiveness is unconditional. There’s no attachment to it. You don’t earn it. You don’t deserve it. You don’t bargain for it. Forgiveness is not based on a promise to never do it again. You offer it to somebody whether they ask for it or not.

When Jesus stretched out his hands on the cross and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” nobody had asked for it (Luke 23:34a NIV). Nobody had said, “Please forgive me, Jesus, for what we’re doing to you.” He just offered it. He took the initiative.

Second, forgiveness isn’t minimizing the seriousness of the offense. When somebody asks for your forgiveness and you say, “It’s no big deal. It really didn’t hurt,” that actually cheapens forgiveness. If it wasn’t a big deal, you don’t need forgiveness and you don’t need to offer it.

Forgiveness is only for the big stuff. You don’t use it for slights that are just minor issues. If something really requires forgiveness, then you should not minimize it when somebody asks you for forgiveness. You shouldn’t say it wasn’t a big deal. It was a big deal! If it wasn’t a big deal, just say, “You don’t need to ask forgiveness.” But if it is a big deal, then you need to admit it.

There are a lot of big deals in life. Have you noticed that? But there is a difference in being wounded and being wronged. Being wounded requires patience and acceptance, not forgiveness, because the person did it unintentionally. Being wronged requires forgiveness.

04-23-16-The-Daniel-Plan-What-Forgiveness-Really-Is

 

 

Love and joy to you all,

3l8vgf8e2pga9jxok0br

(Source: Rick Warren)

Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS:Trusting God Is Good for Your Health

PowerThoughts1

“I said to myself, ‘Relax, because the Lord takes care of you’” (Psalm 116:7 NCV).

God has given you the gift of your body, and it comes with an owner’s manual — the Bible. In it are all the instructions you need to take care of yourself and live a long life.

You already know the basics: proper nutrition, exercise, and a good night’s rest. But there’s another health factor you may not have thought of for living long and well.

Trusting God is good for your health. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 NIV).

Why is trusting in God good for your health? Because when you trust him, you don’t worry.

Psalm 116:7 says, “I said to myself, ‘Relax, because the Lord takes care of you’”(NCV). If you really trust in God, you’re going to be less stressed.

The Bible says in Proverbs 14:30, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (NIV). It’s not just what you eat that matters. It’s what eats you! You can have all the right macrobiotics and organic food, but if your body is filled with resentment, worry, fear, lust, guilt, anger, bitterness, or any other emotional disease, it’s going to shorten your life.

You have a choice:

  • You can either worry or worship.
  • You can either pray or panic.

The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. Relax, because God will take care of you!

04-14-16-The-Daniel-Plan-Trusting-God-Is-Good-For-Your-Health

Love, peace and joy to you all,

3l8vgf8e2pga9jxok0br

(Source: Rick Warren)

Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: God Has Given You an Owner’s Manual for Your Body

PowerThoughts1

“Keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity” (Proverbs 3:1b-2 NIV).

If I had a pill that promised to add years to your life, you’d probably pay a lot of money for it. But what if I told you that, as a Christian, you already have the key to a long life and that it’s free?

God has given all of the principles for health management in his Word, the Bible. The Bible is the owner’s manual for your body. As David says, “You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws” (Psalm 119:73 TLB). And in Deuteronomy, it says, “These instructions are not empty words — they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land” (Deuteronomy 32:47a NLT, second edition). God says, “If you do what I tell you to do with your health, you will enjoy a long life.”

Our key verse today says, “Keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life” (Proverbs 3:1b-2a NIV). What are some of those commands? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing” (Proverbs 3:5-10a).

These verses highlight some factors that you probably don’t think about but that will keep you healthy: tranquility, trust in God, integrity, humility, and generosity. These things will cause your health to be better, because your physical health is influenced by your spiritual health.

Today, take some time to meditate on Proverbs 3:1-10, and ask God to show you ways you can grow in tranquility, trust, integrity, humility, and generosity.

04-13-16-The-Daniel-Plan-God-Has-Given-You-An-Owners-Manual-For-Your-Body

Love and joy to you all,

3l8vgf8e2pga9jxok0br

(Source: Rick Warren)

Blogging Thru The Bible · Deuteronomy

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Today, we begin Book of Deuteronomy {Intro and Resources for 1-5}

webeginjpg

Deuteronomy 1-5

  It’s time to begin!!!  I am so excited to begin the Book of Deuteronomy with you all!

The Book of Deuteronomy Overview

Deuteronomy is known as the long farewell speech of Moses and the second giving of the law. The nation of Israel had spent 40 years wandering in the desert. The old generation had all but died off and would not enter the Promised Land. Now, a younger generation would go in, to claim the promises that God had made to their forefathers.

Moses wanted to remind the Israelites of the law that God had given them. The tone is different from the first giving of the law in the book of Exodus. Now, the tone is one of legacy and love. The heart is that the children of Israel – and us today – would obey God because we love Him. We need to teach our children – and our children’s children- to love God and obey Him also.

God had done so many great things. They had experienced his love and protection. The children of Israel should have had no problem following him. They knew His expectations to obey. They had learned the holiness of God and that because of His holiness they too should be holy.

The Purpose: To remind Israel what God had done and to help them rededicate their lives to Him. For us, we can be reminded of the loving kindness of our God and renew our commitment to love and obey Him.

The Author: Moses. Although it is said that the end of the book, where it gives the account of Moses’ death, might have been written by Joshua.

Time Period: The book was written to Israel around 1407 BC.

The Key Verses: Deuteronomy 6:5-7

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

The Outline: 

  1. What God has done for us (1:1-4:43)
    This is Moses’ first address.   Moses reviews the mighty acts of God for the nation of Israel.
  2. Principles of Godly Living (4:44-28:68)
  • Obeying God’s law brought blessing and disobeying brought misfortune.
  • In this section we see:
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The command to love the Lord your God
  • Laws for proper worship
  • Laws for ruling the nation
  • Laws for human relationships
  • Consequence for obedience and disobedience3. A Call for Commitment to God(29:1-30:20)
    God’s covenant to His people is renewed in Moab and God’s people are called to love and obey God.
  1. The Change in Leadership (31:1-34:12)
    Moses made mistakes, yet he was still a good leader and carried out God’s commands.

Deuteronomy has much for us to learn. We are reminded that God is involved in every area of our lives. We are reminded that obedience and disobedience carry inevitable consequences. God is still calling us to be committed to Him today. We can also learn that we all make mistakes but God can still use us despite our mistakes and those mistakes should not stop us from living with integrity and a commitment to godliness.

May we see the love that the Lord has for us and may we love him back with all of our heart, soul and strength!

Here’s the  Printable Bible Bookmark

DeuteronomyBookmark

Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:

Wk1

Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions

{If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.}

12345

To print the 34 Discussion Questions for Deuteronomy – click here.

JoinUs

And you are welcome to join us at our FB group for discussion and fellowship:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/724894230988215/

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!  Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Deuteronomy 1Deut 2-7[1]Deut 3-22Deut 4-24Deuteronomy 5

Slide1

Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Deuteronomy 1-5

Daily Check-Ins on Facebook and Instagram!

Join us EVERY weekday morning after 8am GST on Facebook to discuss the day’s reading assignment.

Join the #GoodMorningGirlsUK community. Share your insights using the hashtag #GoodMorningGirlsUK. 

92H

 

Be blessed and Happy Studying!

Peace be with you all,

signature_mjlluo9e3ke93x45ml

Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: Take Off the Old, Put On the New

Motivate Me

“Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and … put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”(Ephesians 4:22b-24 NIV).

If you want to have lasting change in your life, you have to start with your body, and that includes changing the way you think so that what you let into your mind and the things you think about honor God.

Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and … put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (NIV).

Notice that there’s a putting off and a putting on. Your health really comes down to stopping some stuff you need to stop doing and starting some stuff you need to start doing. Stop putting negative, hurtful things in your body, and start putting in things that edify.

Stop putting negative, hurtful things into your mind, and start watching and listening to things that edify and make you more like Christ. In the renewal of your mind, you’ve got to put off before you can put on.

Let’s say you go to a department store to look for a new coat. You find one and take it into one of those little changing rooms. If you’re wearing a coat already, you don’t go in there and put the new coat on over your old coat. That would be stupid, because you’re not going to know if it fits. It makes sense to take off the old one before you put on the new one.

You’ve got to take off the old before you can put on the new. That’s true spiritually and emotionally and mentally.

04-08-16-The-Daniel-Plan-Take-Off-The-Old-Put-On-The-New

 

Be blessed,

e3zejc7nn7jgkf9qte2u

(Source: Rick Warren)

Books · Daisy Recommends · Motivation

DAISY RECOMMENDS: WAR ROOM

DaisyRecommends

I watched War Room few months ago and it was mind-blowing. Just pick it up and watch it and see how God is working and will work in your life.

From the plot to cast, everything was perfect.

 photo blurb-48749_1280.png

A seemingly perfect family looks to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.

Director:

Alex Kendrick

Writers:

Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick

Stars:

Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie

Happy watching, if you haven’t.
God bless.
3l8vgf8e2pga9jxok0br