RUNNING ON EMPTY

RUNNING ON EMPTY

We read in Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV): “Owe no one anything except to love one another…  For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

One of the greatest marks of a true disciple of Christ is his or her love for God and for people. We are commanded not only to love the good and gentle but also those who are harsh. We are to love those who treat us unfairly or even gossip about us behind our back.  We have to keep our love tank filled in order to emanate the nature of God.  You cannot control how people choose to conduct themselves but you can control how you respond to them.

The commandment to love your neighbor as yourself sums up the whole law. The Word of God has simplified it for us all. Love does no harm to anyone. If people wrong us in any way, that does not justify us doing wrong to them. So how do we keep our love tank filled?  By starving the flesh and nourishing our spirit. In verse 14, we are instructed to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh…  Every time a person rehearses the wrong that was done to them, they are making provision for the flesh. As believers, we have to be diligent to cast down vain imaginations lest our love walk be contaminated with the poison of bitterness.

When we choose to keep God’s word, the love of God is perfected in us. God gives us the strength and the courage to walk in love and reflect the character of His Son Jesus.  Walking in love guarantees a life of Triumph regardless of whatever adversity a person faces. It brings glory to our Father in heaven and bears witness of His goodness and enduring mercy.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  2 Corinthians 11 & 12; Proverbs 6

MARRIAGE IS A GOOD THING

MARRIAGE IS A GOOD THING

In Matthew 19:4-6 (NCV), Jesus said: “Surely you have read in the Scriptures:  When God made the world, ‘He made them male and female.’ And God said, ‘So a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one body.’ So there are not two, but one. God has joined the two together, so no one should separate them.” 

Marriage was God’s idea. There’s a lot of talk in our culture today about marriage being “only a piece of paper” or a “man-made institution” but that’s not what Jesus said. God created the institution of marriage, which means…

Marriage is sacred. It’s not something that can be defined by man, politicians or governments. Marriage is defined by God – a husband is to love and cherish his wife, and a wife is to honor and support her husband.

It also means marriage was designed to be good. Remember when God created the world? After creating man and woman and instituting marriage, God said, “It is good” (Genesis 1:31). Do you know what that means? It means that marriage wasn’t designed to be bad. It wasn’t designed to be hurtful or constricting. It was (and is!) a good thing…when done God’s way.

Husbands…if you don’t treat your marriage the way God intended, it won’t be a good thing. You can’t not love and cherish your wife and still expect to have a strong marriage. Wives, you can’t not honor and support your husbands and still expect to have a fulfilling marriage.

Sometimes we get this backwards. We look at our spouse and think, “If he would love me, I would honor him,” or, “If she would support me, I would cherish her.” But that’s not what marriage is all about. Marriage is about going first. Be the first person to encourage, instead of waiting to be encouraged. Be the first person to forgive, instead of waiting for an apology. What you sow into your marriage, you’ll reap.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  2 Corinthians 9 & 10; Proverbs 5

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

In Ephesians 4:31-32 (Phillips), the Bible states: “Let there be no more resentment, no more anger or temper, no more violent self-assertiveness, no more slander and no more malicious remarks. Be kind to each other, be understanding. Be as ready to forgive others as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” 

Triumphing in life is more than being physically fit or having enough money. In fact, there’s something more important…having healthy relationships. The quality of our relationships is an indication of how close we are to God. 1 John 4:20 states, “If someone says,’I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”

There’s no such thing as a perfect relationship because there’s no such thing as perfect people. We all say and do things we shouldn’t. This is why it’s important to cultivate a Christ-like attitude…treating others the way Christ treats us.

Commit to being a difference maker in your relationships. How? By being first. Be the first to encourage. Be the first to forgive. Be the first to show kindness. Focus on what you can give to the relationships, not on what you can get. And leave the rest in God’s hands.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  2 Corinthians 7 & 8; Proverbs 4

WE DARE YOU

WE DARE YOU

In Romans 12:1-2 (MSG), Paul wrote: “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…”

God is challenging you to be a powerful person, calling you to live a powerful life, and capturing you with a powerful purpose! Religion wants you to calm down, be quiet, stop making waves – but that kind of living will kill the dream God’s placed inside of you.

We’re not to be conformed to this world! Stop trying to fit in and be well liked. Instead, live radically. A warrior must D.A.R.E. to believe God…

Determine to pursue God, not live in the past.

Activate your faith, don’t live by fear.

Renew your mind, resisting all doubts.

Embrace God’s Word, rejecting contrary opinions.

Choosing to live like this may not make you popular but it will make you powerful!

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  2 Corinthians 5 & 6; Proverbs 3

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

In 1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NKJV), we read: David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.”

David’s mighty men were famous for their great battlefield exploits. Outnumbered and outgunned, they consistently won victory after victory after victory. They were undefeated, yet all of them had very humble beginnings.

Before they were known as David’s mighty men, they were broken, beaten and busted. The Bible describes them as those who were “in distress…in debt, and…discontented.” These men, for whatever reasons, were use to loosing in life. They knew the pain of unpaid bills, broken relationships, public scorn and failure. But they got one thing right.

As they heard about David, they had the courage to move from where they were toward this man of God. They gathered around him; they followed him; and they were eventually transformed into David’s mighty men. And what God did for them, He can do for you.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  2 Corinthians 3 & 4; Proverbs 2

THE WARRIOR WITHIN

THE WARRIOR WITHIN

In Matthew 11:12 (NKJV), Jesus said: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”

Within every Christian, God has placed the heart of a warrior. Jesus declared, “…the violent take it by force.” He wasn’t speaking of physical violence, but of an attitude towards life – an attitude of aggressiveness, and not passivity.

We are called to aggressively seize the life that God has given us…not passively wait for it to hit us on the head. Too many live timidly; afraid of what might happen to them if they step out in faith. But it’s time to release the warrior within!

Live by faith, a faith marked by force – sudden and intense action, exhibiting earnestness of purpose, zeal and concentration. Live your life on purpose, not by accident or mistake. We encourage you to take personal ownership of the life God has give you. Faith in God is what enables us to refuse to live our lives based on our current circumstances; rather, we live life by what God has promised He will do.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  2 Corinthians 1 & 12; Proverbs 1

DEALING WITH CHANGE

DEALING WITH CHANGE

Hebrews 3:12-15 (NKJV) states: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.'” 

Every opportunity brings change. And when changes comes into your life, there are six ways you can deal with it:

  • Ignore that you need to change.
  • Despise the fact that you need to change.
  • Resist the need for change.
  • Prepare for the change that’s needed.
  • Accept and adjust to change.
  • Initiate and manage change.

One of the greatest tragedies in life is that only a small percentage of people deal with change effectively. Many are victims of change, some dread change, and others refuse to accept change. It’s a formula for frustration and depression. Don’t harden your heart. Your attitude towards change greatly impacts how you deal with it.

 [A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  1 Corinthians 15 & 16; Proverbs 31