Life Coaching 2017
The culprit of fear has been at the root of indecision ever since the beginning of creation. In Genesis 3:10, Adam told God he was afraid so he hid himself. Adam responded to God out of shame and embarrassment. The enemy of fear has crushed ambitions and ruined dreams for far too long. It is time that God's people awaken to his call to live courageously. We do not have to live in fear any longer. Romans 8:17 says, we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but we have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father. We have a loving and supportive Heavenly Father who desires nothing short of the best for us. Now it is time for us to develop a winning attitude. Our dreams do not have to stay in the confines of our sleep. They can become a reality. God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ever ask or think, but it is according to the power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).
Are you convinced that God is with you? He is right there in every situation and desires to take you to your furthest good. The hindrance for many Christians is in their perceptions. How you view things determines the degree of your progress. If you condition your mind to think it will not happen it won’t. All things are possible to them that believe (Mark 9:23). The key to opening the door to those possibilities begins with believing. The greatest resource in growing your faith is God's living Word. It is filled with promises and examples of positive outcomes.
It is time to pursue your dreams. You do not have to sit on the sidelines crossing your fingers, hoping for something good to happen. The best thing already happened the day you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, which was the wisest, bravest, choice you have ever made. What is there to fear? You have chosen to live out your faith in the midst of a doubting culture. You have chosen to follow Jesus no matter what life's circumstances may bring. You will not allow anything to change your mind about serving God. So, go ahead and have that same determination to conquer your dreams.
Here are three things to consider when pursuing your dreams:
1. Evaluate where you are. (What is your current situation?)
2. Start taking the steps. (What is your action plan?) (What will it take to finish?) This is the part where you put in the work to achieve your goal.
3. Focus on the finish line. (Stay with your goal?) and (Keep forging ahead until you finish!)
Pursue your Dreams
by: Anthony Martin
Challenges are your Opportunity for Growth
by: Patrice Martin
Many people are considered to be creatures of habit. We like the comfortability of routine because it is familiar, consistent, and doesn’t require much thought or complexity. Every morning you may have your favorite cup of tea or coffee from the same shop. You like to sit in the same area at the movie theater and you have your most favorite parking spot at the mall. Most often, when something comes along to break us out of our routine we become flustered and uneasy, not knowing what to do. If your favorite meal is no longer available at your favorite restaurant, there is first an expression of disappointment, then it takes a moment to decide on another option. If these small life matters can throw us into moments of confusion, imagine the effect that life’s challenges can have on us.
In James 1:2-4, God’s word encourages us to count it all joy when we fall into different kinds of trials or temptations. It may seem somewhat odd to expect joy to come from facing trials and challenges. After all, hardships are most associated with the direct opposite: pain, sadness, depression, and hopelessness. However, it is not in the process of trials that we are expected to celebrate; it is the anticipation of what that season will bring. Verse three of this passage tells us that the trying of your faith (during this trial) will produce some patience; and in allowing patience to work in your life, you will become complete.
What you must understand is that although you are a child of God, there will still be challenges in your life. You are holy living in an unholy and fallen world. Tests and challenges will be a part of your earthly living, but because you have the Holy Spirit within, you are never left to face hardships alone. Why not change the way you look at your situation and see how stronger and wiser you will be when you overcome your challenge? It is in the challenge that you will learn what you did not know before. It will take a break in the security and complacency of your daily routine in order for you to reach new levels spiritually as well as practically. The next time you are faced with a challenge in your life, first trust that your Heavenly Father saw it first and is able to walk with you through it. Then envision yourself beyond the end of that challenge, imagining the growth that will come from such an experience. Lastly, begin to rejoice that your opportunity to grow has come!
Furthering the Cause of Jesus Christ
It's Not Too Late
by: Anthony Martin
Is it too late for me? There are probably countless Christians who sit in church each week rehearsing this question in their minds. If you are one of them, then it is important that you hear what God has to say about your life situations (Philippians 1:6)
Here are a few tips that will help you, going forward.
1. Stay connected to Jesus at all times – John 15:1-5. After failure happens in your life it can truly affect your confidence and sense of security. However, if you remain in Christ, all things are new, II Corinthians 5:17-20. For Christians, our highest must be remaining devoted to our Heavenly Father, through his Son, Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit.
2. Going forward, Place your complete trust in him – Proverbs 3:5-6. Declare complete dependency on the Lord and turn from stubbornness, self-inflated thinking, or any thought that leads to rejecting God’s Words.
3. Refuse to go back to the old habits, ways, paths, and courses you chose that landed you in emotional despair – Philippians 3:14. It is important to get God’s Word on the inside of you, Romans 12:1-2. Remember to guard (set a watch over) your heart and mind, Proverbs 4:23.
4. Embrace God’s forgiveness and freedom every day. This is a daily walk. There will be moments when former thoughts, behaviors, and failures will attempt to invade your mind. But it has been settled between you and God, I John 1:9. Now, receive his peace, Philippians 4:6-8.
5. Keep taking steps toward an enriching and fulfilling life in God. A fresh start is forming right before you and soon you will begin to see your life evolve because you have placed God where he belongs—At the Head.
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