The power of Christ

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No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

(K.Getty, S. Townend)

 

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New Year’s Resolutions?

Nectarine_Fruit_DevelopmentBuds and Blossoms are not fruit.

The buds and blossoms of our words, which breed anticipation of what we might do, are empty without the fruit of our follow-through.  -Matthew Henry.

 

NEW-YEARS-RESOLUTIONS-calendarDear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 Jn.3:18

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Perseverance

hammer-hitting-a-nail“Like driving a nail into a piece of wood,

you’ll face some challenges that require more

than one strike of the hammer,

SO HIT IT AGAIN!”

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Why me?

It has been raining.

What does it mean to me? Blessing or Annoyance?

Rain can be fun or inconvenient, I must admit.

Rain is seasonal, sooner or later, it passes on.

Joy in the rainy seasons of life depends on

my perspective and attitude;

Since rain is necessary for growth and life.

rain1“If I asked ‘why me?’ about my troubles,

I would have to ask ‘why me?’ about my blessings.”

                                                         -Arthur Ashe (tennis player)

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April

bird_singing

“Keep a green tree in your heart

and perhaps a singing bird will come”

                                             Chinese proverb

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Make me a blessing

LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU ARE HAPPY,

BUT LIFE IS BEST WHEN OTHER PEOPLE ARE HAPPY

BECAUSE OF YOU.

Be the BlessingOut in the highways and byways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.

Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
  Make me a blessing to someone today.

Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love,
Tell of His pow’r to forgive;
Others will trust Him if only you prove
True, every moment you live.

Give as ’twas given to you in your need,
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
Unto your mission be true.

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Somewhere else

travel-agents“BEWARE of Destination Addiction:

A preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place,

the next job,

and with the next partner.

Until You give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else,

It will never be where You are.”

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Tenacity – 4 points

“Tenacity is setting a goal so BIG

you can’t possibly achieve it…

then growing into the person who can!”

1.- SET A GOAL.

Set it before God. No matter how wild, unheard of, out of place, difficult or ridiculous might be or seem to be; set it, do your part and when God opens doors, walk fearlessly like crazy through them. (Proverbs 16:3).

2.- GET USED TO:

Opposition and criticism. Most people are afraid to change in order to try new things. “Pessimism never won any battle” (D. Eisenhower). There will always be those with the spirit of Sanballat (Nehemiah 4:1-6).

3.- SHARE YOUR VISION.

Your enthusiasm will be crucial for others to pick up your vision. Teamwork makes any project easy and loads are lighter when divided among many. (Habakkuk 2:2).

4.- DO ALL WITH YOUR GOAL IN MIND.

The way you spend your time, resources, money and energy must be related to that goal.  Your decisions, apparently insignificant, time to go to bed, time to wake up, eating habits, friendships and social gatherings, sports and hobbies or any other activity you get involved will determine in near or far future your achievement of goals. (1 Corinthians 9:24).

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In the end, when you have reached your goal; you will be able to smile with satisfaction; a smile only those who have experienced “the path of tenacity” know what I’m talking about.   😉

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Tenacity – 4 examples

“THE TEST

OF A PERSON’S CHARACTER

IS

WHAT IT TAKES TO STOP HIM.”

Keep-goingThe saying ” I am in the habit of making a way out of no way” might sound a bit arrogant. But tenacity is the quality that makes people do not give up easily and persist with determination towards a goal not matter how challenging might be or how much time it might take to complete.

Four examples from the Bible that with perseverance they achieved and gained their hearts’ desires:

1.- JABEZ (I Chron.4:10). His name means “sorrowful or sorrow-maker”. I would have said “Don’t ask” and although his prayer is not a formula to get all what I want; the last thing we read about him is that God granted his request. I want to learn to dare to ask for enlargement of territory. As somebody said “Attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed…unless God steps in”.

2.- JACOB (Gen. 32:9-12). If I’d have been there I’d have said “Stop! You are wrestling with somebody whose finger’s touch can lame, imagine what the grip of his hand can do! Stop!”  God will always win the wrestling match, but Jacob strived with God and did prevail! What an unforgettable night he had. We see in Jacob a picture of a man renewed by the power of God.

3.- HANNAH (I Sam. 2). She is one of the two wives of Elkanah. She was childless and gave herself to prayer without external speech. Her lips moved, but there was no sound. Eli, the priest, thought she was drunk with wine. I would have said “Don’t make a fool of yourself and accept your condition”. Hannah teaches me that before the Lord we can never come as ridiculous. “Better a thousand times effective peculiarity that ineffective ordinariness” (Fred Mitchell).

4.- WOMAN WITH ISSUE OF BLOOD (Matt.9:20-22). This woman that for 12 years had suffered a disease and under Jewish law, she was considered unclean; pressed through the crowds, came behind Jesus, touched his garment and immediately was healed. I would have thought “It is too embarrasing to try“. Jesus put her on the spot, but encouraged her with the words “take heart”. This woman teaches me that I am never lost in my uncleaness, unless, for fear and a foolish decision, I remain in that condition.

There is a fine line between being tenacious and stubborn. May God grant us the wisdom to firmly grip to what it is worth, to what it will outlast our lives and bring glory to his name.

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