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God Is Always In Control

Five Reasons Not to Worry About Tomorrow

Written by GodLife on 17/01/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Worry, Control, God, Jesus
Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say.

Psalm 139:4
My husband and I took off for our routine evening walk the other day. And as we rounded the walking trail, he repeatedly had to duck to avoid smashing his head against the branches that hung low. He endured this annoyance for a while.

However, that all changed when God showed him not to worry or be anxious…

The next day, before we headed out, he grabbed the trimming clippers from the garage. Armed with this weapon that he carried rifle style, we set off for our walk. As we drew closer, he gave a gasp of surprise. The maintenance folks had taken care of the trimming.

I couldn’t suppress my laughter as he carried the clippers back home.

We all do that, don’t we? When the branches of life annoy us, we get fed up. Sometimes we become anxious because the problem persists. Maybe we lost our job and spend night and day looking for another, or maybe we make poor decisions in our finances because we’re so upset about being without enough money. Then anger flares up, wondering if God is watching. And frustrated, we ask ourselves if He’s planning to do anything about it.

But through David’s words In Psalm 139, God reminds us the he is in full control!

He’s aware of our every move. “You know when I am resting or when I am working… (Psalm 139:2)
He reads our mind. “From heaven you discover my thoughts..” (Psalm 139:2)
He follows us wherever we go. “…You notice everywhere I go.” (Psalm 139:3)
God knows our habits, quirks and flaws. “You notice everything I do…” (Psalm 139:3)
God is ahead of the game. “Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say,” (Psalm 139:4)
Remember, that God is always in full control regardless of what we allow our insecurities to let us believe.

Pray this week:

Lord, help me let go of my worries and trust You to take care of me and all of my needs. Thank you for being a gracious God who knows my thoughts from afar.

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What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?

It's easy to tell you what you likely DON'T have in common with them – fame, fortune, and good looks

…Okay, Fame and fortune… 

… but here's what you DO have in common with Bill, Warren, and Bono.

24 hours in a day, and a sphere of influence.  

The same thing every human on the planet gets.

It's what you do with those 24 hours, and that sphere of influence that matters.

As a leader, or an aspiring leader, we study successful people and look to emulate them.  Too often however, we limit our perspective of what makes them successful to money, position, titles and influence.

"Work hard and get rich" are goals that will leave you empty.  How will you know you've arrived?

Each of these people are highly successful in what they do, have earned a great deal of money in the process, but have followed their passions and have individually committed to using their resources to make a difference in this world.

Dan Pink, in his latest book Drive:The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us highlights the research that shows that in cognitive based tasks, money is a poor motivator for increased performance.  What does drive performance (or results) is the amount of Autonomy ( the desire to direct our own lives), Mastery (the urge to get better and better at something that matters), and Purpose (the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves) we have in our careers and lives. (If you would prefer the animated version of the book, check out RSA Animate's treatment of the book below or at the link here)

What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?

Which gets me back to the things you have in common with Bill, Warren and Bono.

Each of these men have, and have had, 24 hour days to accomplish what they did. Just like you do.

Granted, they may have had connections and resources that you don't, but they didn't have any more time than you do.

They also had passion which motivated them. If you look at them now, you will see how their passions now drive actions that are having a profound influence in our world.  These guys are PASSION DRIVEN, and you should be too.  And they are working to something bigger than their careers. They choose to spend their time doing impactful things that align with their passions – both in their career and personal life.

If you are a leader (or want to become one), and can't articulate WHY you are in this career, then perhaps it's time to reconsider. If you are spending 100% of your time, energy and resources on making money, then perhaps it's time to reconsider. 

If you are not impacting your sphere of influence to do something in the service of something larger than yourself, perhaps it's time to reconsider.

Sorry to sound preachy. As always, this blog post is written primarily to myself. Consider this my public journal. If I've given you pause to think today, then it has certainly been worth my time to share… and follow my passion, and leverage my sphere of influence.

So… armed with at least two of the things that have made Bill, Warren and Bono "successful", what are you going to do about it?

My final thought is a quote from Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life  

"Killing time is suicide".
Rick Warren

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The most spectacular tree houses in the world

What child has not dreamed of having a house in a tree?  The idea of being able to climb a tree and live in freedom and harmony with nature is something that appeals to every human being and the best place to find all those feelings it is to do inside these houses.

A lucky few sure they could fulfill that dream of having a house in a tree when they were small. However, most mortals have to settle us take a look at that today can be considered as the tree houses most beautiful and spectacular in the world.  

Most  tree houses  are small recreational buildings built in the backyards with garden for the little ones spend a few hours in them.

However, others are authentic luxury hotels or homes that have become the most popular attractions for tourists in the area. This is the case of this tree house located in  British Columbia, Canada.

Treehouse in British Columbia. Imgur 

This impressive home is one of the tree houses highest in the world. It is located in the forest,  about 23 kilometers from the town of Revelstoke. His impressive height is only surpassed by the magnificent forests that surround it .

One of the most curious tree houses and incredible is this designed by  Joel Allen, a former software developer who at age 26 decided to retire and become a carpenter.

The house built by Joel Allen. Kyle Graham 

This unique property is located somewhere near Whistler, near Canada. Its exact location is not known, since Allen decided not to disclose for legal and personal reasons.

Far from Canada,  in the mountains of Sweden, we find one of the most spectacular tree houses in the world.

The tree house mirror. Tvark 

 

This is a huge bucket of mirrors, designed by  Mirror Tham & Videgard, part of one of the strangest hotels in the Nordic country. This house intends to camouflage the structure in the forest to make guests feel they are part of nature.

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Hostel and Tourism
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God teaches His people to avoid sin and to live in His ways.

God’s Power in Your Life: Living God's Will
God teaches His people to avoid sin and to live in His ways.

Written by Hope on 18/10/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Life, Power
Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.

II Timothy 3:16
Do you know that God is calling YOU to live out an extraordinary life by following His commandments and seeking His will for your life? After you have experienced the power of God’s forgiveness, you can allow His power to remake your life in His ways.

Here are ways you can learn to listen for His teachings:

1.Obey God’s Word
“What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12)! The Bible is full of stories that tell of God’s love and hopes for His people. Reading and studying it regularly will help you come to know Him better. When you have questions about what you should do, use God’s Word as “a lamp that gives light wherever you walk” (Psalm 119:105). The stories of the people featured in God’s Word often present great examples of how we should behave (or how not to behave!). No example is better than that of God the Son, Jesus Christ.

2. Jesus Was Called “Rabbi,” Which Means “Teacher”
How can we know that God wants us to learn? Well, while He lived on earth, Jesus took the title of teacher — He was famous for it: even when potential enemies met with him, they said, “‘Teacher, we know that you are honest. You teach the truth about what God wants people to do. And you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are.’” (Matthew 22:15-16). Jesus taught His followers, “If you love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like.” (John 14:21). Learn what Jesus has to say, and learn to obey those instructions, depending on His power to make it possible for you to do so.

3. Let God Teach You
“I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8). God’s power is so great that He knows you: He knows who you really are; He knows your situation; He knows what you want and what you need! Tell Him what you need, and listen for His guidance. The Apostle Paul advised, “Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other” (Colossians 3:16). Ask trusted Christian friends, family, and leaders for godly support and prayer. Compare their advice with what you find in God’s Word (Acts 17:11) as you seek the power of God’s will in your life.

Pray this week:

O Lord, along with Psalm 25:4, I pray that You will show me the right path; and point out the road for me to follow. Amen.

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See The Good Only

He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is
full of the goodness of the LORD (Psalm 33:5).

Some people are always fishing for the wrong
things; they never see good in anything or
anywhere. They know all the bad things happening
around, and are prompt to spread gossip, falsehood
and negative information. Such people end up twisted
in life, because they never see or celebrate the good
in anything.
Whereas, there’re those who always think and
care about the good; they see good in everything. No
matter what it is, they only look out for, and celebrate
the good. They’re forever “good-conscious”; not
because they’re naïve, but because of the excellence
of their personality. That’s how God expects you to
live. The Bible says the earth is full of the goodness of
the Lord; that’s all you should see—only good things.
People who peddle rumours and bad news, and
only see the negative side of everything can’t make
much progress in life. Their values keep depreciating,
and everyone who wants to make progress avoids
them. Successful people don’t want to keep the
company of people who are negatively programmed;
they avoid them. The Bible says, “Iron sharpeneth
iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his  friend” (Proverbs 27:17).
Read the latter part of our opening verse again; it says, “…the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD” (Psalm 33:5). Choose to see the glory and goodness of God in your world. Yes, the Bible says the dark places of the earth are filled with the habitations of cruelty,
but it doesn’t change the fact that the earth is full of the goodness of God. Don’t be concerned about the evil reports so much so that they produce the negative response from you; be excited about the goodness of God. The truth is, if all you see and seek is the goodness of the Lord, that’s surely what you’ll experience. 
Prayer
The earth is full of the goodness
of the Lord; thus, I see and
experience good things only. My
life is a daily manifestation of the
glory and beauty of God as I think
about His goodness, accept, and
celebrate His excellence that I
see around me, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen. 
Pastor Chris

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Let Christ Be Manifested In You

To whom God would make known what is the riches
of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which
is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
The greatest thing that could ever happen to you
isn’t only to have and know Jesus Christ, but to
also have Him manifested in your life. If you’re sick in
your body today, what you need is the manifestation
of Christ in that part of your body. The Bible says, “…
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that
he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
When He’s manifested in your life, everything that’s
not of God will give way.
When Christ is manifested in the life of a sinner,
the power of sin is broken, and righteousness takes
effect. When He’s manifested in the life of one that’s
bound, the chains are broken, and deliverance takes
place. Christ is the answer. Christ is all you need. Christ
is everything. Christ in you is the hope of glory. Let Him
be manifested in you—spirit, soul, and body. Subject
your will and emotions to Him, to His Word, and you’ll
think the thoughts of God, have the emotions of God,
and do the will of God.
Then, you can have Him manifested in your
physical body. You know, someone can be born again
and be blind, lame, sick and afflicted in the body. But if  you let Christ manifest Himself in your body, not only will healing result, He’ll vitalize your body and keep it
immune to sickness, disease and infirmities. He’ll keep
you in divine health. In John 14:21, the Lord Jesus said, “He that hath
my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that
loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my
Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
him.” That’s what you need; let Him manifest Himself
to you. You don’t need the healing; no, you need the
one who heals; the healer Himself.
So, give Him your whole spirit, soul and body and
your whole life will be full of glory. Hallelujah!
Confession
Christ is alive in me; His divine
life is manifested in my spirit,
soul and body and in every
fibre of my being. He’s made
me a champion and a victor
forever! He is my life; in Him
I live and move and have
my being! He’s made me a
wonder. Glory to God!

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Put The Word In You

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among
us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
(John 1:14).

Jesus is the revelation of God’s Word and the
character of His thoughts, opinions, imaginations
and entire being. He was the Word of God in flesh
and a master of words. The Bible tells us how the
temple guards who were sent to arrest Him, stopped
to listen to Him, and upon hearing His words, went
back without arresting Him.
When the chief priests and Pharisees asked why
they returned without Him, the officers replied, “…No
man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46 NKJV). His
words brought healing to the sick, restored sight to the
blind, unstopped deaf ears, gave the lame new legs to
walk, and raised the dead. His words were different.
The Bible says He cast out demons with His words
(Matthew 8:16). He ruled and reigned with words. He
showed us the power of words; their value and how
to use them. Don’t just talk; speak the Word. Build yourself. Develop your spirit and distinguish yourself. Make your words different and become an excellent person.
This won’t happen, however, until you feed your spirit  with the right information—God’s Word. The Bible says,…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man
out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things”
(Matthew 12:34-35). God gives us His Word so we can receive it, meditate on it, and let it become a part of us. Jesus said, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4). Remember, food becomes a part of your body when you eat. In the same way, if you’d meditate on God’s Word, you’ll produce God’s words. If you don’t have it in you, it can’t come out of you. Put the Word in you. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
Confession
The Word of God is in my heart
and in my mouth, and as I speak
it forth, I establish the goodness
of God in my world, effecting
positive changes, and charting
my course in glory. Blessed be
God!

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Walk In The Word

Walk In The Word
For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and
judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD (Psalm 33:4-5).
We read in our opening verse that the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
To whose advantage do you think that is? It’s the Church’s advantage! What you have to learn is how
to walk in the Word to enjoy God’s best—His divine provisions. Everything God created was specially made for your comfort and provision. He’s already given you
everything that you require to fulfil your destiny and live triumphantly for His glory (2 Peter 1:3).
1 Corinthians 3:21 says all things are yours. Therefore, you don’t have to suffer or settle for the
lesser things in life. The Lord Jesus suffered in your place, to usher you into a life of glory. Hebrews 2:10 says, “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” These aren’t promises but present-hour realities. He tells us in Isaiah 1:19-20, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land….”According to the Scriptures, we’re not called to obeythe Word but to walk in the Word. We practise and do the Word; that’s where the blessing is: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.…But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being nota forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man
shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:22-25).
How much you enjoy life, and all that Christ has
done for you and made you, depends on how much
of God’s Word you live-out, walk in or live by.

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