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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

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

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