Walking In Grace

  “The most important thing is this: To be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” Wow! This powerful quote from Charles Dubois impacted me so much when I read it. Doesn’t it just epitomize what Christian living is all about? When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are saved by grace. This has given us access to miracles operating in our life, to see the supernatural power of God move, and to walk in His divine ability to heal and restore whatever is broken in our lives. Anyone in Christ is a new creature in every way. We are transformed! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) God’s gift of grace, given to us through Jesus’ death on the cross, frees us from the toil and struggle of the Old Covenant laws. There’s nothing we did or can do to earn God’s grace; it is a gift of love. All we have to do is receive it by faith! You have to be ready and willing to sacrifice what you are or how you’re living now to walk out God’s steps for your life. If you just step out in faith, you can completely trust that God’s grace will see you through any circumstance. God is love, and Jesus was the Father’s love in human form. His entire ministry on earth was about His love for us! Through Jesus, we are God’s handiwork....
Declaring Biblical Wealth

Declaring Biblical Wealth

God has opened my eyes and given me profound revelation in an area of my life and I just have to share it with you! What I’ve learned has the potential to greatly impact your life for the better, so listen closely. Now, don’t get nervous when I tell you the topic–get excited! It’s time to talk about finances. And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18 All too often, I receive phone calls and letters from folks in real financial desperation. Their messages are heartbreakingly common: “I’m just not making ends meet! My debts and bills are piling up and my income is trickling in–it’s destroying my life!” I know that when most of us want to be able to hang on to a little more money in our bank accounts, we start by trimming our spending and tightening our budgets. Still, cutting costs only goes so far! God did not create His people, you and me, to suffer. He created us to walk in power and authority, and to have dominion over our lives. Despite the amazing destiny God has in His heart for us, we convince ourselves that we are powerless to overcome and we settle for a version of “reality” full of suffering. However, when we refuse to give negative thoughts a foothold in our minds, surprising things happen! If you’re feeling a little skeptical, don’t worry! I understand! Maybe your circumstances have held you...
Walking In Grace

Walking In Grace

“The most important thing is this: To be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are, for what we could become.” Wow! This powerful quote from Charles Dubois impacted me so much when I read it. Doesn’t it just epitomize what Christian living is all about? When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are saved by grace. This has given us access to miracles, to see the supernatural power of God move, and to walk in His divine ability to heal and restore whatever is broken in our lives. Through Christ, we are transformed and made into a new creation in every way possible. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17 God’s gift of grace, given to us through Jesus’ death on the cross, frees us from the toil and struggle of the Old Covenant laws. There’s nothing we did or can do to earn God’s grace; it is a gift of love. All we have to do is receive it by faith! You have to be ready and willing to sacrifice what you are or how you’re living now to walk out God’s steps for your life. If you just step out in faith, you can completely trust that God’s grace will see you through any circumstance. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” — Ephesians 2:8-9 God is love, and Jesus was the...
Spring Into A New Season!

Spring Into A New Season!

As the winter season concludes and a little bit of warmth returns to the air, I’m reminded of what an awesome God we serve who has a plan for every season. Spring is a time of growth, regeneration, and new beginnings. For many of us, this is the season of “Spring cleaning,” when we evaluate, prioritize, and organize our physical belongings to bring our home life back into harmony after winter’s many shut-in days. Friend, don’t miss something vitally important as you dust off forgotten domestic artifacts or change out your wardrobe. Just like you make time to clean up and restore order to your home, you must make time for getting your body, soul, and spirit back into alignment with God’s plan for your life! An extraordinary life is much more than having good health or receiving healing in your body.

Take back your life!

Take back your life!

I don’t know about you, but there are seasons in my life where I feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. It’s becoming pretty clear to me that the pace of life is not getting any slower, and I know that I’m not the only one who has to deal with elevated levels of stress. We’ve all said at one point or another that we wish there were just one (or ten) more hours in our day so that we can do what’s needed and enjoy some down time with those we love. But unfortunately, we can’t slow time down or add a single second to the day. Have you ever had days like this? You forget to set your alarm and then you sleep in, rush through getting ready, skip breakfast, get stuck in traffic, and end up five minutes late to work…To be able to bring change to this area of our life, let’s start with what we know we can affect, and that’s our ability to manage our time. When time is mishandled, we’re bound to incur stress. Life shouldn’t be about bouncing and ricocheting from one busy task to the next.  How amazing would it be, to be able to take a moment every now and then to simply decompress and relax and take a deep breath. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27 God has designed a beautiful life for you, one that doesn’t include stress, fear,...
Are You Getting To The Core Of The Problem

Are You Getting To The Core Of The Problem

I’ve discovered a common thread when I come across people who are living day-to-day, seemingly frustrated, discontent, and agitated. In nearly every case, when we get past the surface stuff that’s causing angst – they have this one thing in common – they are searching. What are they looking for? Well, for many it’s purpose. Yep – the age-old question: “What is the meaning of it all?” I removed the word “life,” from the question to boil it down to the real point: What is the meaning of what I am doing now? If we get up each day, shower, dress, deal with the kids, fight traffic, sit behind some desk and bounce from one event to another without really understanding the ‘point’ of it all – well – when circumstance hits, we are posed for frustration, discontent and agitation. I see it all the time in people. So, what makes people really want to get up in the morning and get motivated? What makes them sit up, take notice and walk with purpose? What drives people to make a difference in their lives, and the lives of others? The answer is PASSION! Ask yourself the big question in life: “Why do I do what I do? Why am I doing it? Where am I headed?” And all of this, and I mean ALL of it, has a direct correlation to what exists in the CORE of you. You see, there is a center within you – a focal point deep inside from which everything, all the issues of life, spring forth. I’m a living example. For the better...
You Must Take This To Heart

You Must Take This To Heart

It’s been a blessing to walk with you over the last few weeks as we’ve talked about restoring our total man. I hope you’ve enjoyed the previous posts on the spirit and the soul. Today, I want to wrap up the series by talking about the body. We all know we should eat right, exercise, etc., but today I want to talk about the importance of a specific part of your body that needs to be healthy… The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it…(NIV) Obviously, the writer was using the heart as an illustration of the soul. But, wait a minute…not that I am trying to re-arrange scripture, but what if I was to say it like this… Above all else, guard your heart, for A HEALTHY BODY flows from it… The condition of your heart is critical to living the extraordinary life. In a purely natural sense, the state of your heart will determine the state of your overall health. We live in a time when the leading causes of death in the United States are not from environmental factors, accidents, or sickness. The sad reality is that most Americans experience, what could be, preventable deaths. Reports indicate that at least 26% of all deaths in the United States are from some form of heart disease. That is greater than one out of every four. We would never allow anyone to harm us or threaten our lives, yet we are willingly doing damage to ourselves through the decisions we continue to make. Heart disease doesn’t...
Food For The Soul

Food For The Soul

It’s a new day and I hope you are beginning to see a shift take place in your life! I’ve heard such positive and inspiring feedback from our blog series the last few weeks. There is something life changing happening in our 1onONE community as we continue our focus on complete restoration in our spirit, soul and body! Let’s dive into this week’s topic … If you have your Bible handy, let’s turn to a scripture we’ve looked at before – 1 Thessalonians 5:23. It says: “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV) We all understand the “body” aspect of who we are. It is the outside, the “shell” of us…the physical part of our being that lives, has breath, and eventually dies. And, then we have a spirit. Our spirit is the eternal part of us that has been redeemed and made right with God through the sacrifice of Jesus. It is in our spirit form that we will spend eternity in Heaven with our Lord and Savior. But, do we really understand the soul part of who we are? When the Bible speaks of the soul, it is often synonymous with our understanding of the mind. The soul is the part of us that thinks and feels, has emotions and makes choices. All of your decisions, all of your emotions, all of your opinions, are a product of your mind and soul. The soul includes the conscious and subconscious minds, the realm of...
Developing Your Spirit Man – Enriching Your Relationship with God

Developing Your Spirit Man – Enriching Your Relationship with God

I trust that the Master has lifted you this week and you are now ready to JUMPSTART your journey towards developing the new you! Last week, I introduced you to this concept of complete healing and restoration by focusing on the total composition of man – spirit, soul and body. Well this week, we are going to start off by hitting the topic of the spirit head on! This part of the composition of who you are is the most vital aspect, and the first place you should start when working to create the EXTRAORDINARY LIFE! So, if you’re like most of us, you’re wondering, “Where do I start…what is my first step in developing my spirit man?” The first step is understanding that you are in fact a spirit being! Genesis chapter 2:7 says… “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Now, this verse as well reflects the triune or three in one nature of man. Notice the three elements once again. It says that He formed the dust of the ground. This is the natural element of man – his body. And it says that man became a living soul. He became self-aware with his own thinking, feeling, and choosing. But, we cannot overlook the middle portion. Look at it again… and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. The word “breath” in the original language also means spirit. Now if we were to read this verse again with this understanding, it would sound like… “The...