Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.
One mistake does not have to rule a person’s entire life.
Is there any real purpose in being alive if all we are going to do is get up every day and live only for ourselves?Live your life to help others. Give & live selflessly.
Don’t ever be discouraged with yourself because you have not arrived at success, but instead be pleased that you are pressing toward it.
Sometimes new opportunity means new opposition. Not everything God asks us to do will be comfortable.
I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be.
Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference(a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. ( Colossians 3:13 )
Take the helm and sail your own ship. Don’t just get into the boat with nobody at the helm and merely hope that the waves of life take you somewhere good.
Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have
Trust and faith bring joy to life and help relationships grow to their maximum potential.
Fear tries to get us to give up but faith takes us all the way through to victory
It is not about doing what we feel like. It is about doing what God says.
You can have Jesus in your spirit and have an outrageous mess in your soul, and if you don’t know what that’s called, it’s called religion.
Wow! you might actually have to act like a Christian sometimes!
(On being in a position of leadership) Even if it’s your dog, you’ve got authority over somebody. Start treating him better.
Our feelings are unreliable and cannot be trusted to convey truth.
I learned that what happened to me did not have to define who I was. My past could not control my future unless I allowed it to.
[T]he Christian is unable to sin and not care … They may sin, but they cannot do so comfortably and continually. They are very much aware of their wrong actions, and they are very miserable.
If you want to give the devil a nervous breakdown, just get up every day and see how much good you can do.
The sooner we learn feelings are fickle, the better off we are.
Gaining a victory is more difficult than maintaining it once you have it.
No matter what you do, 10% of the population will not like you.
We often bow down to our feelings without realizing how fickle and unreliable they are.
Are you living up to your potential? God made you with potential – potential for greatness! If you do what you can do, and trust Him to do what you can’t, you will grow into the person He gave you the potential to be!
If you’re fighting moodiness and depression you don’t want to hang around a bunch of other moody and depressed people.
The more we focus on who we are in Christ, the less it matters who we were in the past, or even what happened to us.
I am not where I need to be, but, thank God, I am not where I used to be.
Our past may explain why we’re suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.
The facts about our past are powerless against the blood of Jesus and the Truth of His Word.
We don’t need self-confidence we need God-confidence
Grace equals ability. God gives us grace to match our call. When we do our own thing, we do it on our own. When we follow His leading, He always supplies the grace and the energy to do what He’s calling us to do.
The mind is often an area where “people play around with sin”.
Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do.
Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.
You can enjoy anything if you make up your mind to.
Patience is a fruit of the spirit that grows only under trial. It is useless to pray for patience. Well, actually I encourage you to pray for patience, but I’ll tell you what you’ll get TRIALS!
I like to describe worry or anxiety as spending today trying to figure out tomorrow. Let’s learn to use the time God has given us for today!
God wants you to be delivered from what you have done and from what has been done to you – Both are equally imporant to Him.
Maybe you don’t just have one Goliath. Maybe you have his whole family!
frustration, complication and misery are available in abundance, but so is God’s grace.
I was afraid to let other make any decisions, because I had no confidence they would be concerned for me.
If I have to build a big company by mistreating other people then the Bible says WOE to me. I don’t know what that is, but I don’t want any of it.
Mercy is the stuff you give to people that don’t deserve it.
Turn your situation over to God because He can do more in a moment than you can do in a lifetime. – Joyce Meyer
Go home, and let all your relatives off the potter’s wheel. You are not the potter!
Complaining is dangerous business. It can damage or even destroy your relationship with God, your relationships with other people, and even with your relationship with yourself.
Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.
I’m only going to stand before God and give an account for my life, not for somebody else’s life. If I have a bad attitude, then I need to say there’s no point in me blaming you for what’s wrong in my life.
Reproach is shame, blame, disgrace, disapproval and a disrespectful attitude toward yourself. When you’re under reproach, your behavior shows it.
Choosing an attitude of faith will release peace out of your spirit and into your soul.
Individuals need to be willing to face truth about their attitudes, behaviors, even what we want out of life.
Hope is favorable and confident expectation; it’s an expectant attitude that something good is going to happen and things will work out, no matter what situation we’re facing.
If someone you know makes a bad decision or uses bad judgment, it doesn’t mean you have to allow that to alter your attitude. Why should you allow anyone else’s bad decisions to send you into a tailspin of misery?
Refuse to be a lazy Christian, and resist a passive, apathetic attitude.
We will all fail in life, but nobody has to be a failure. Failing at a thing doesn’t make you a failure. You are only a failure when you quit trying.
Loving others always costs us something and requires effort. And you have to decide to do it on purpose. You can’t wait for a feeling to motivate you.
Don’t judge other people. For example, if you want God’s anointing to be on you for parenting, you need to be careful not to criticize other parents.
It’s so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health.
Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.
Feeling sorry for ourselves is the most useless waste of energy on the planet. It does absolutely no good. We can’t let our circumstances or what others do or don’t do control us. We can decide to be happy regardless.
Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.
I have learned that I really do have discipline, self-control, and patience. But they were given to me as a seed, and it’s up to me to choose to develop them.
I used to let other people’s struggles affect my happiness. If they weren’t happy, there was no way I was going to be happy. The opposite was also true: If I wasn’t happy, I didn’t want anyone around me to be happy.
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.
Stay active. Read the Word. Worship with other believers. Continue to give. Keep learning and growing. Your faith will be unleashed!
Learning to live for others isn’t something that just comes naturally to anybody. You have to train yourself to do it.
It’s amazing to me the number of people who will volunteer to help at church but won’t lift a finger to help at home!
When you become a Christian, something truly amazing happens: God comes to live inside your heart. You become the home of God.
Anytime we step out boldly to make changes, we take a chance that we might fail. But the only way to get better is to try.
There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.
I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be.
Prayer doesn’t just change things – it changes us. If we are diligent in seeking God, slowly and surely we become better people.
Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift!
When you focus on how wonderful God is and all the great things He’s done… is doing… and even will do in your life, your natural response will be praise, adoration and awe. Don’t let yourself ever get used to it… stay amazed!
The only answer to fear is faith in God, knowing He loves you unconditionally and individually.
I know from personal experience how damaging it can be to live with bitterness and unforgiveness. I like to say it’s like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die. And it really is that harmful to us to live this way.
There are some hurts that we experience that can be forgiven but we won’t forget them.
I can tell you from experience that God’s help and presence in our lives is vital. He is the Author of all true success and everything that is good-without Him, we can do nothing of true value.
The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror!
The Bible says to ‘fear not,’ but this doesn’t mean you should never feel scared. It means when you do feel fear, keep going forward and do what you are supposed to do. Or as I like to say, do it afraid.
Dread, which is closely related to fear, steals the ability to enjoy ordinary life and makes people anxious about the future. It keeps them from looking forward to the next day, the next month, or the next decade.
We can fear things into existence. Fear looks into the future and imagines the worst that can happen.
When you’re in a leadership role, you can never please all of the people all of the time. There’s also a lot of responsibility that goes along with it that others may not realize.
Some people have a difficult time facing truth and reality. They prefer to live in a make-believe world, pretending that certain things aren’t happening.
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.
We all face storms in life. Some are more difficult than others, but we all go through trials and tribulation. That’s why we have the gift of faith.
When doubt comes against us, we have to lift up the shield of faith. We do this when we open our mouth and say what God’s Word says, rather than grumbling and complaining about the problem.
I’ve learned through my own relationship with God that He’s not expecting me to be perfect; He wants me to do my best to be in His will and take steps of faith as He leads me, through His Word and the promptings He speaks to my heart.
We want our marriage to be a triumph, not a tragedy.
Most of us have hoped and prayed for something to happen a certain way, but it didn’t. And when this happened, we had a choice to make: to react with offense toward God or to trust Him anyway.
Humility may well be one of the most difficult of the fruit of the Spirit to be cultivated in us – and to maintain. That’s because without humility, it’s not likely that you will put your complete trust in God.
Too many Christians live their lives like slaves – to the devil – because they believe his lies more than they trust God.
When we trust God more than our feelings, it confuses the devil. I mean, when he throws you his best shot and he can’t budge you from believing God, he won’t know what to do with you anymore.
Forgiveness is not a feeling – it’s a decision we make because we want to do what’s right before God. It’s a quality decision that won’t be easy and it may take time to get through the process, depending on the severity of the offense.
Forgiveness is not a one-time thing that happened the day you received Christ. It is an everyday thing, for the rest of your life.
Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense.
I consider wisdom supernatural because it isn’t taught by men – it’s a gift from God.
Things in themselves have no life in them. A car can’t comfort or encourage you. A house means nothing if there’s no life and love inside.
I tell people, and it’s the truth, I could sit in my garage for a week and it won’t make me a car. And you can sit in church till your bottom is flat and that won’t make you a servant of Christ.
When your soul is resting, your emotions are okay, your mind is okay, and your will is at peace with God, not resisting what He’s doing.
Peace is one of the most precious gifts God has promised His children. I know, because for many years my life was not peaceful, and I was miserable.
It seems like a lot of people seek their peace in things. And most of us are not even satisfied with the things we have… we always want more.
When we enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, something wonderful happens: God begins to change our desires, and we want to be more like Him.
We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.
People who don’t know the true character of God – who don’t believe He is merciful, gracious and slow to anger – can never have a close, personal, intimate relationship with Him.
The truth is God created us to have relationship with us. He wants to love us and take care of us, and He wants us to love Him. That’s where our walk with Christ has to start.
Real life is the life that’s in you, not your circumstances, like where you live or what job you have or who you’re in relationship with.
I wonder how many times people give up just before a breakthrough – when they are on the very brink of success.
So many people live with anger and unforgiveness, and many of them are Christians.
Change is always tough. Even for those who see themselves as agents of change, the process of starting a new thing can cause times of disorientation, uncertainty and insecurity.
Words are powerful; if you change your words, you can change your life.
Good intentions never change anything. They only become a deeper and deeper rut.
Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things.
Each time we cooperate with God, we take one more giant step forward. Because when God asks us to change, it means that He always has something better to give us – more freedom, greater joy, and greater blessings.
We’re not like robots. God promises to guide us through the Holy Spirit, but He gives us the freedom to make our own decisions.