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Get Set

When was the last time you just sat down and thought about the goodness and faithfulness of God? So often, we intend to start our days in the right direction, but then distractions come and the cares of this world creep into our thoughts. Before we know it, we are so focused on our "to do" lists and trying to stay ahead of the game that our thoughts get completely off course!

One thing you have to always be aware of is the fact that what you dwell on will set the direction and quality of your life. If you are constantly dwelling on the "what if's" in life, it opens the door to worry and anxiety. It creates a heaviness in your mind and heart. But, when you dwell on His goodness and faithfulness, it opens the door to His supernatural peace and grace. It lifts your spirit and lightens your load.

Today, I want to remind you to stop and think about what you are thinking about. Don't just let your mind wander off in any old direction. Be intentional about dwelling on the Father. Never forget that He is with you and He is for you. Never forget that He is good and His love never fails. Never forget His promise to prosper you and not to harm you. 

As you set your thoughts and affections on Him, you set your day in the right direction. You'll feel the cares of this world begin to disappear. You'll see solutions you never even thought of before. You'll experience His peace and joy and be empowered to embrace the blessing and victory He has in store for you! 

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." (Colossians 3:2, NIV).

 

You Can, You Will

You were created to be successful, to accomplish your goals, and to leave your mark on this generation. You have greatness inside of you! The key is to get it out and not let the cares of this world distract you from your God-given mission. You already have what it takes to win. You are talented enough, you're smart enough, you're experienced enough. You have the right personality and the right looks. You didn't get shortchanged. You're not lacking. You are fully equipped. The question is, what is holding you back? 

We all need encouragement in this life. We all need to stop and examine our thoughts, words and actions. We all need someone that will spur us on in the direction of our dreams and goals. That's what I've dedicated my life to—encouraging you and helping you to see yourself the way God sees you so that you can embrace all that He has for you! 

In my new book, You Can, You Will, I've outlined eight principles that will help you press forward to reach your full potential and become all God has created you to be. I hope you'll pick up a copy and let these truths sink down deep in your heart. Even if you are familiar with some, really take the time and ask God if there is room to come up higher in these areas. We are all growing, we are all learning, and we all have the potential to increase in every area!

Remember, this is your time. This is your moment. Put your shoulders back and hold your head up high. Walk forward with confidence because winning is part of your DNA. Get ready because…You Can, You Will!

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When People Accuse You

In the New Testament, there's a story about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. The religious leaders of the time had already condemned her in their minds, and the law said that she should be stoned. Out of curiosity, they brought her to Jesus to see what He would do, and Jesus surprised them all with His response to the situation. 

Instead of condemning the woman, Jesus showed love and compassion to her. In fact, He turned the whole situation around when He said to the crowd, "Whoever is without sin, throw the first stone." (See John 8:1–11). Then it says that the woman's accusers walked away one by one. 

Jesus turned to the woman and asked, "Where are your accusers? Does anyone condemn you now?" She answered, "No one, Lord." Then Jesus said something very profound, something that gives us insight into His heart for us. He said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more." God was in essence saying, "I don't put My stamp of approval on condemnation. That's not what I'm about. I came to set you free." 

Maybe you've encountered people who want to accuse you and "throw rocks" at you, but that's not God. He's never going to throw rocks at you or try to push you down. He loves you and wants to empower you to live in freedom, to live a better life. Maybe you've made some mistakes, maybe you've done some things you're not proud of, or maybe you've been hurt by someone who threw rocks at you. Today is your day to let go of that hurt and open your heart to receive God's love and forgiveness. 

Remember, as long as we live, there will be accusing voices. The faultfinders and rock throwers will always be there. When the negative voices come, we can either believe them and stay stuck in condemnation or we can choose to believe God and walk in freedom knowing that we're forgiven, accepted and approved by God. It's up to us to cast the deciding vote for either freedom or condemnation; faith or fear; love or bitterness. 

My prayer for you today is that you will understand your value and truly see what God has given you and what you have to offer others. Life is too short and too precious to waste a single moment in fear and condemnation. Instead, take captive every negative thought and choose to dwell on the truth of God's Word. Place your hope and confidence in Him so you can live in His everlasting freedom far above and beyond the accusing voices of this world.

 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1 NIV)

 
 

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