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Turn Your Faith Cup Up

ChristianCartoon07Everyday we meet or talk to people who are experiencing immeasurable trials and tribulations during this leveled economy. We  encourage each other, but if we don’t have faith, the words disappear in the air.

Faith is believing in what you cannot see. I am a big advocate of positive thinking, speaking, and actions, but even to me things occasionally look bleak.

My faith has increased though. I know that obstacles come before blessings. God is preparing me for something big and beautiful. I let God know that I have faith in Him, His plan, and His promises. Christians are not impermeable to problems; instead, we are equipped to deal with problems because we believe in Him, and we know how to use the tools He’s given us. The worse things get, the more I praise God and remind Him that I have faith that He is my provider, leader, comforter, alpha, and omega.

It’s not easy. Sometimes I do see with my eyes instead of with my Spirit, but the more I pray, the less I use my eyes. But as my faith rises, I can see the abundance of grace and favor that God overtly and surreptitiously bestows on me each day. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things, and look for God’s grace and blessings in everything. I know now how I took a lot of things, including God, for granted. I don’t think that my tribulations are punishment; instead, I know that trials grow me and make me more aware. Through these trials, I’ve become more creative in solving problems, making money, and dealing with issues. I’ve had to adopt a different frame of mind  and levy the resources that are available to me. In this, I’ve discovered new interests and abilities that I had no idea were inside of me. I like to think of this time as a Renaissance.

The cartoon above from Mark at www.joyfultoons.com inspired this post because I realized that especially during this time, I must turn my cup up and fill it up with faith. I take it one day at a time.

Many blessings,

Trina

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Think Like a Giant, not a grasshopper

Are you a grasshopper or a Giant?

Giant“Every battle is won or lost in the arena of your mind.”

In the book of Numbers, the Israelites refused to take possession of the land that God prepared for them because they saw themselves as grasshoppers, small and weak. “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are….The land we explored devours those living it. All the people we saw there are of great size.” Numbers 13:31-32. As a man think, so he is, and the Israelites thought of themselves as grasshoppers, even though they repeatedly witnessed the power and might of God. Because the Israelites thought of themselves as weak, like grasshoppers, their opponents shared the same opinion, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:33grasshopper

What are you waiting on? You are not a grasshopper. If you are a child of God, then you are a Giant, and you have power, anointing, and the mind of Christ. You have what you need to succeed already planted inside of you.

What are you afraid of? The only people who fail are those who don’t do anything. If you try things, and they don’t work out, at least you tried. You will have no regrets. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

There is no reason that you cannot be physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially wealthy and prosperous. God promised in Jeremiah 29:11, Deuteronomy 28, and many other scriptures that we, His children…those believing that Jesus died on the cross to save us…, would be successful, peaceful, and joyful. All He asks us to do is to obey His commands, forgive, give, tithe, trust in Him, have faith in Him, live in the Spirit and not in the flesh, and love others.

Know who you are! God is backing you. There are no limitations. Know and believe that your endeavors are successful. Open your mind to what success is. It is not just monetary. Don’t be like the Israelites who never made it to the promised land; instead, their children, bold and ready, took possession of the land. The original Israelites did not have faith (except for Caleb and Joshua). Be a Giant…have giant thoughts. Don’t be a grasshopper, always afraid of Giants, looking for meager handouts, taking the lowest, always waiting on something to happen. Be a Giant and make things happen. If you do your part, God will add His super to your natural.

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Additional Resources:

Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm
Never Give Up!: Relentless Determination to Overcome Life’s Challenges by Joyce Meyer
Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day by Joel Osteen
God Has a Plan for Your Life: The Discovery that Makes All the Difference by Charles Stanley

Many blessings,

Trina

© 2009 KaTrina Love Abram

Do You Have A Plan?

Plan“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind”
(Proverbs 21:5, Message)

A Plan!! That is what my husband and I need now. We must develop a plan. Our life is changing and it’s mostly out of our control…my husband is unemployed and my biggest client required that I take a pay cut. Wow! With this degradation in income, we cannot meet our current expenses. That is not going to work. I am an advocate of living BENEATH my means and not above them.

We are moving from one era to another. The Industrial age is over. If you are looking to be employed by a company to maintain your lively hood, you are going to get left behind, and if you do get a job, you are likely to be overworked. We are now in the Entrepreneurial age. You need a plan for your own business…a way to accumulate your income without depending upon someone else’s business plan.

We do not like being at the mercy of the Nation’s economy and the whims of the corporations. But just as Joel Osteen suggests below, we are coming up with a plan to take control of our livlihood…and you should too. We must be intentional in pursuing our dreams and aspirations. We must envision, believe, plan, and have a contingency plan for obstacles. God wants us to have a plan, but we must incorporate His advice, and have Him bless the plan before we implement it.

Many blessings,
Trina

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

One thing I’ve learned is that success is not accidental. You’re not going to accidentally accomplish your dreams. You don’t accidentally have good relationships. You won’t accidentally lose twenty pounds. You have to have a plan. If you’re going to get to the right destination, you’ve got to know where you’re going and how you are going to get there.

If you’ve ever been at the beach just floating in the water and relaxing,Plan01 you’ll notice that after a while, the current will take you far away. That’s how it is in life, too. If you don’t have clear-cut goals with a plan in place to accomplish those goals, you’re not going to end up at the right place. You’ll just float around in life easily distracted not knowing where you’re headed.

Today, I encourage you to examine where you are in life. What are your goals? What is your plan? Maybe your first goal needs to be to make a plan. Do some research. Talk to people who have been successful at what you are trying to do. Ask the Lord to guide your steps and connect you with the right people. As you step in faith to accomplish your goals, I believe God will pour out His favor so that you can experience His supernatural blessing on everything you set your hand to.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

“Father in heaven, I commit everything I am to You today. Direct my steps. Order my destiny. Give me the plan to accomplish every dream and desire You’ve placed within me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Recipe for Success

climbingtheladderWhat is your definition of success?
by Trina Love Abram

Joshua 1:6-9
“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the LawBible03 depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you where ever you go.”

In Joshua 1:6-9, God gives Joshua a recipe for success and prosperity. He tells Joshua to:

  1. Be strong and courageous because of the tasks ahead and the journey he must take. God gave all of us our own journey, our destiny, which is full of tasks, obstacles, and trials that require strength and courage.
  2. Obey God’s commands…the 10 commandments in Exodus 20:2-21:
    1. No other gods before God.
    2. Make no idols of heavenly or Earthly things.
    3. Don’t misuse God’s name (speak it in praise or worship).
    4. Do not work on Sunday (rest, reflect, and restore our spirit for the days ahead)
    5. Honor your father and mother (speak well of and politely to them; courteous; respect).Money
    6. Do not murder.
    7. Do not commit adultery.
    8. Do not steal.
    9. Do not lie by leaving something out, telling a half-truth, twisting the facts, or deception.
    10. Do not covet; intensely desire another person’s things. No envy or jealousy.
    11. Read the Bible daily and meditate on it. Reading and studying the bible builds our spiritual strength, courage, trust, and faith, and meditating on the scriptures invokes the Holy Spirit to teach us, counsel us, lead us into truth and convict us of wrong (John 14:26).
  3. Read and meditate on the Bible daily.

weightlossJoshua 1:6-9 publishes God’s idea of success, not the world’s success. The success that God promotes is the only one that matters though. We tend to transpose things to suit our viewpoint, often tainting the intentions. People erroneously think that success is a result of pedigree, education, power, workaholism (Proverbs 23:4), wealth and abundant material blessings (Proverbs 8:17-21); however, according to Joshua 1:6-9, this conjecture is flawed.

What is God’s definition of Success?

A proverb is a short, concise sentence that conveys moral truth, which is what King Solomon, the wisest man ever, uses to define God’s vision of success in the book of Proverbs. According to the book of Proverbs, you are successful if you :

All of the other Books of the Bible and verses in some way build upon one or more of the characteristics in Proverbs.ManNLimo
Proverbs 16:1-7 sums it all up for me:

“To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.
All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
The Lord works out everything for his own ends—even the wicked for a day of disaster.
The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.”

In our lives, we individually define our own successes as meeting goals and milestones that we or someone else set. Our desires become sinful if they supersede our desire to know and grow in the Lord. Being obsessive about anything makes the object of your obsession your god. When we ask God for things that we want, we must make sure that our motives are pure. Being strong and courageous, obedient, cultivating and maintaining a strong spirit and moral character, and reading the bible for wisdom and direction, is what God wants us to pursue to be successful. And as Matthew 6:33 says, seek God first and everything else will fall into place.

Also check out A Life of Success by Toi Jones at Streaming Faith

Many blessings,
Trina

© 2009 KaTrina Love Abram

Daily Inspiration 09/09/09

Under Pressure: Plant

Times are hard and rough right now. At times, you want to give up, but you know that you cannot. Those are the times when you really need a good message, confirmation of God’s love, faith, and relief. That’s the time that you need something to make you smile, remember, nomoneyand hope. I read this message from Kenneth Copeland yesterday, and it really blessed me. It helped me to remember other times when I was having a rough time, but I still helped others, and my times didn’t seem so rough any more.

If you are having financial troubles due to lay offs and cutbacks, then I assumme that you think that you cannot give. It’s not just about giving money. You can give your time too.  But I do believe in seed time and harvest. We must plant seeds to grow a harvest. One way to plant seeds is to give and help others even when we are downtrodden….especially when we are down trodden.

We can also plant seeds in our minds, which is why we must be very careful of our thoughts, words, and demeanor during this rough time. What we allow our minds to dwell on now, plants seeds for future harvest, and we want a positive harvest, not a negative harvest. This morning I found my thoughts wandering in the wrong direction. I kept thinking about our problems, which made me anxious and angry. I realized after reading Kenneth’s message below, that if I kept dwelling on those negative thoughts, I would migrate away from God. The devil’s objective is to get me to question God and to not believe God’s promises. I thank the Lord for showing me that I cannot for one minute let my mental guard down. I must remember to choose the right thoughts, stay positive, read specific passages in the bible that deal with my specific trial, and give. We must plant positive seeds for a bountiful harvest.

 

Under Pressure? Plant!

by Kenneth Copeland

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
(Galatians 6:7)

If you feel like you’re under pressure these days, you’re not alone. Satan is putting more pressure on more people right now than ever before. He’s pressuring us mentally, financially, emotionally and every other way he can. The pressure has gotten so great everywhere that governments don’t know what to do. Businesses don’t know what to do. Families don’t know. Churches don’t know.
But, praise God, Jesus does! He says we can give our way right out from under any pressure the devil brings to bear.
Giving is always Jesus’ way out. Whenever there’s a need, He plants seed! In fact, in Mark 4, He compares the entire kingdom of God to a seed. Just think about the importance of seeds for a moment. Every living thing on this earth came from a seed. You came from a seed. Then you were born again from the seed of God’s Word. Jesus Himself was The Seed planted by God. God sowed Him in sacrifice. He came forth and grew up into many brethren.
So, when Satan puts you under pressure, go to Jesus and let Him tell you how and where to plant. If you’ll do it, that seed will grow up until it breaks the powers of darkness and lack. It will release you from the pressure the devil’s been putting on you.

I’ve seen it happen. When Jerry Savelle first began to work for my ministry, he didn’t have but one suit of clothes and one shirt with a pair of slacks to his name. He wore one, then the other, night after night to every service we held. He didn’t have the money to even think about buying another suit. I’m telling you, he was under pressure where clothes were concerned!

Then he found out about the principle of seed-faith and harvest. So, he went downtown in the city where we were in a meeting and found a fellow on the street who needed clothes and gave him some. Immediately people started giving Jerry clothes. It started in that meeting and they’ve been doing it ever since. Today, there are many preachers in Africa wearing Jerry Savelle suits! (Even if the sleeves and pant legs are way too short!) He’s still sowing and reaping the greatest clothes harvest I’ve ever seen.

If the devil’s pressuring you, don’t panic…plant! Plant your time. Plant your money. Plant the clothes off your back. When your harvest comes in, you can laugh and say, “Hey, Devil, who’s feeling the pressure now?”

 

 

 


Scripture Study:  Mark 4:1-20

Act in Faith, Not Foolishness

by Pastor Creflo Dollar

 I am amazed by the number of Christians who act in ways they attribute to faith when in reality they are acts of foolishness. Many times, the disasters that take place in people’s lives are not the result of the devil getting involved, as much as it is the result of people not combining the correct corresponding action with their faith. When we do things that put ourselves or others at risk, we are not operating in faith! To really see the results we are looking for, we must identify what faith really is and the proper actions to take to demonstrate the confidence we have in God and His Word. This does not mean doing something illegal or irrational and calling it faith.

There tends to be a somewhat false belief system about how bible principles work, and how to get things to happen in our lives. The Bible is the manual for living; it is not a magic book. What that simply means is that we cannot expect God to drop money out of the sky or magically cause things to happen for us. Faith is a practical expression of the confidence we have in God’s Word. It involves laws and principles that, when put in motion, will always produce results. However, we must align our actions with our faith to see those things come to pass.

One area where people can get into foolishness is in finances. Let me give you an example. The Scriptures say that God supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. However, this does not mean you should write “faith” checks to pay your bills when you know you do not have the money in your bank account! Writing bad checks expecting God to magically deposit the money to cover those checks is a bad decision that could have serious consequences. There are people who call this type of action faith, but it is not. If you do not have the manifestation of the necessary funds to pay your bills, writing checks would not be a correct corresponding action. Instead, you should continue to confess the scriptures pertaining to provision and remain in expectation of God meeting your needs. 

Another area is healing. Faith for healing must be developed, just like anything else. If you are sick with a serious illness that needs medical intervention, do not refuse to go to the doctor because you are believing God to heal you. Instead, get the medicine you need and take it, believing that as you execute the natural side of things, God’s supernatural ability will get involved with your situation. 

 Sometimes we do what I call “overloading” our faith. We overload our faith when we believe for something that is beyond our current faith level. This is where a lot of problems take place. Overloading faith is similar to a person who goes in the gym and tries to lift 500 pounds when they have not worked out in a year; it just won’t produce any results! 

Do not wait until cancer has destroyed your body before you start using faith. In this type of situation, most likely you will be overloaded if your faith is not strong enough. Begin confessing your healing before you feel symptoms in your body, and practice faith on small things like headaches and other non life-threatening discomforts. Faith becomes developed the more we exercise it, so it is important to take time daily to build our faith in the areas of healing, finances, protection, and deliverance. That way, when we are faced with a faith “project,” we will be prepared.

Correct corresponding action is essential to seeing our faith work. God will reveal to us the specific actions He wants us to take in our individual situations. When we hear a specific Word from God about how to act on our faith, we are positioned for ultimate success. 

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Scripture References
James 2:17, 18

Daily Inspiration 09/04/09

Your Appointed Time

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time…though it tarry, wait for it”
(Habakkuk 2:3 KJV)

from Joel and Victoria

God has an appointed time to fulfill the visions, dreams, and desires in your heart. Just because it has taken a long time or because you’ve tried and failed, doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. Don’t give up on those dreams! Don’t be complacent about pursuing what God has placed in your heart. Our God is a faithful God. No matter how long it’s been, no matter how impossible things looks, if you’ll stay in faith, your appointed time is coming.

Remember, every dream that’s in your heart, every promise that has taken root, God put it in there. And not only that, but He has every intention of bringing it to pass. Hold on to that vision today by declaring, “My time is coming. God is working behind the scenes on my behalf. I will fulfill my destiny!” As you continue to hold on to that vision and speak life over your dreams, you’ll see them begin to take shape. You’ll see your faith grow, you’ll see your hope strengthen, and you’ll see yourself step into the destiny God has prepared for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

“Father in heaven, I receive Your truth today. I receive Your promises today. I ask that You ignite my heart with Your holy fire so that I can pursue Your perfect plan for my life. Make my thoughts and words agreeable to Your will. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”