BLESSED 2017: CLARION CALL!!!

“But understand this, that in the last days will come perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people, will become lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters; for [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny, reject and are strangers to the power of it. (2nd Timothy 3:1-2; 5).

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Choose gratitude

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” 
Ps 103:2 He sat on the park bench so depressed-looking that a policeman tried to console him. “Something the matter?” “Yeah,” he replied. “A few months ago my grandfather left me $500,000 and some oil wells.” The policeman responded, “That doesn’t sound like something to be upset over.” “Yeah, but you haven’t heard the whole story. Last month my uncle left me $1,000,000.”

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Only Jesus can

“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.”
Jn 4:14 NKJV The line from an old hit song goes, “Looking for love in all the wrong places.” That was true of a woman Jesus met at a well in Samaria. Here’s her story: (1) She tried religion but it didn’t satisfy her. She told Jesus, “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship” (v. 20 NKJV).

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Confrontation (1)

“When Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face.” Gal 2:11 NKJV When Peter showed partiality to Jews over Gentiles, Paul confronted him over it! Why? To keep unity in the church. Sometimes you’ve no option but to confront someone. The question is, “How?” None of us are born with the innate ability to do this; it’s a skill only learned through practice and patience. e Scriptures:

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Confrontation (2)

“A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” Ecc 3:7 NKJV Confronting at a time when the person is most receptive takes wisdom. Wife, when your husband first comes home from work, give him space before you bombard him with the problems of the day. Husband, don’t wait until you arrive at the event to tell your wife you don’t like the outfit she’s wearing. Tell her when she can do something about it.

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When God calls you

“I have called him…and he will succeed in his mission.” 
Isa 48:15 NIV God told Jeremiah, “Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work” (Jer 1:5 NCV). When God decides to use you, five things happen: First, there is a call. God asks common people to do uncommon things, like Peter getting out of a boat and walking on water. Second, there is fear.

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You can change

“Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.” 
Isa 54:2 NKJV The desire to change is the key to growth in any area of life. Most of us desire improvement, yet at the same time we resist change. But you can’t have one without the other! Change is possible only if you want it badly enough. As Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express, observed: “You are the way you are, because that’s the way you want to be.

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looking forward

“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Php 3:13 NLT There are things inside you that must be dealt with before you can move ahead. Every experience you’ve had from birth until the present moment has helped shape who you are. The things that happen to you, good and bad, are instrumental in determining how you’ll act and react for the rest of your life.

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