Have you ever listened to a teaching that came at just the right time? While it may contain the same points that you've already heard, it never hurts to hear them again.
I recently listened to a broadcast by Joel Osteen titled "It's the Heart that Matters." He shared so many great points that I wanted to pass along my notes.
God doesn't bless us for perfect performance.
He looks for a perfect heart...a desire to please Him.
It's who we are, not what we do.
Accept yourself while you're in the process of changing. It doesn't do any good beating yourself up for not being where you think you should be.
God changes us from glory to glory. Enjoy this level of glory while you wait for God to take you to the next level.
There will always be something that isn't right. We are being transformed by God so we aren't perfect yet. (Our behavior isn't perfect.)
You are not a finished product. Accept yourself were you're at. Thank God for the grace to overcome, change my behavior, etc.
Keep your heart towards God and your behavior will catch up.
God does not expect us to be perfect but be willing to change.
Did you ever notice that no one hopes that something bad will happen? Hope is always associated with good.
We hope to get a good grade on a test or hope that we get the job promotion. We hope that we have money to pay off the mortgage or hope to be healed. The Bible brings hope to people because it is the good news that tells us the good things God has done for us. This is why Romans 15:13 tells us that God is the author of hope.
Now I'm sure you've heard people say they are "hoping and a praying" that something will happen. Unfortunately, in these cases, hope is defined as a wish that may or may not come true. It isn't based on any facts or a guarantee. The true meaning of hope is favorable and confident expectation. It is . . .
A Guaranteed Outcome
A Done Deal
So, how can you be confident that something will happen?
Hebrews 10:23 tells us to hold fast to our hope because God is reliable and faithful to His Word. We learn in I Corinthians 1:9 and 10:13 that God can be depended on and is trustworthy. That means what God said in His Word He will do.
I encourage you to take some time and write down the Bible verses that you are placing your hope in. Meditate on them each day. Speak them over your life. Let that hope build and nurture your faith and watch expectantly for great things to happen!
Are you limited by the "I'll believe it when I see it" mentality? I purposely said limited because if God is going to do the impossible in your life, you need to believe past what you can see. Having faith in what you see is belief based on experience. True, Biblical faith is believing when you can't see it.
II Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.
II Corinthians 4:18
Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.
In order to function in God's system, we need to change what we base our beliefs on. Many things that we see right now are temporary. That means that they are subject to change. Why would we want to put our faith and trust in something that is probably going to change? That isn't a very steady foundation. This is why God tells us to put our faith in the unseen because that is eternal. The unseen are the promises in the Bible that we don't see with our physical eyes yet. However, we know that they will manifest at some time because God's Word is eternal and what He said will come to pass. We need to soak in God's Word so that they become revelation knowledge to us. This unwavering faith will cause us to say "I walk by faith and not by sight" and will allow us to receive all the blessings that God has in store for us!
The following has been floating around the internet and I thought it was a great Biblical approach to how we should vote. Please prayerfully consider how you place your vote. Don't vote out of emotion or feelings. Vote on the facts and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
I will vote for the most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16,17)
I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who don't (Genesis 12:3).
I will vote for the most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).
I will vote for the most pro-work candidate because God says if a man does not work, let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
I will vote for the most pro-marriage candidate, because God is for marriage as defined in Genesis 2:24.
I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes government's purpose is to reward the good and punish the evil (Romans 13).
I will vote based as close as I can on God's Word (2 Timothy3:16), knowing that whoever gets elected, wisdom and power are God's, He sets up kings and deposes them; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with Him. (Daniel. 2:21).
I just read Jerry Savelle's partner letter for January 2016. It was so encouraging that I wanted to share it with you. He said that he kept hearing the following in his spirit after preaching in Boston recently.
“Extraordinary things are taking place in the heavenlies, and 2016 will come to be known as the year of the great breaking loose.”
Below is the link to the entire partner letter which goes into greater detail. Hope it is a blessing and encourages you to continue to hold fast to what you are believing God for!
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