WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: THE ENEMY OF SUCCESS

Posted on May 30, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

THE ENEMY OF SUCCESS   I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. Proverbs 24:30-34 NLB A placard on a procrastinator’s desk reads, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can put off till the day after tomorrow.”  It has been said, “Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.”  And it was Napoleon Hill who said, “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” A good question to ask yourself is, “What have I left undone in my life?”  Maybe it was that book you were going to read, or that exercise program you were going to start or that project around the house you never finished.  Here’s an idea — grab a sheet of paper and write down a few of those neglected things you have been putting off, arrange them by priority, put a date next to each item, and then tackle them one at a time. Proverbs 21:5a NKJV says, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: HE IS MORE

Posted on May 23, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

HE IS MORE   I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly John 10b NASB Jesus is all about more.  What weaknesses are you facing?  He is more. He’s more than that pain in your heart.  He’s more than your financial needs.  He’s more than your challenges.  He’s more than your sickness. He’s more than your relationship problems.  His abundance knows no limits.  Since He is more, you are going to make it.  Your business is going to make it.  Your marriage is going to make it.  Your children are going to make. “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:37-39...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: BE ATTENTIVE TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Posted on May 16, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

BE ATTENTIVE TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored. Proverbs 27:18 NASB Producing a prosperous crop of sweet, luscious fruit requires a whole lot of work and careful attention. Your business and business responsibilities are a lot like a tree in that it requires a lot of consistent attention to produce optimum results. There are 3 things that will help: 1.   Practice management by being in touch with your staff 2.   Stay in touch with your clients 3.   Daily diligence will produce big...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: HOW’S YOUR PERSPECTIVE?

Posted on May 9, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

HOW’S YOUR PROSPECTIVE? Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 NASB How often do you allow your problems and circumstances to bring you down where you become discouraged and wallow in self-pity?  You can choose to stay there and let your problems control your emotions or you can choose to change your perspective and start looking to Him who says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NASB” You can also be reminded that the problems you encounter are all producing endurance and endurance matures.  The Message Bible reads, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.  James...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR GOALS?

Posted on May 2, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR GOALS   “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race.  Everyone runs; one wins.   Run to win.  All good athletes train hard.  They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades.  You’re after one that’s gold eternally.”   I Corinthians 9:24 The Message Bible. Seasoned long distance runners have learned to focus on endurance, not just speed.  Winning is going to cost you something: pressure, criticism, loneliness and sacrifice.  Do you still want to keep going? What is the secret to this staying power that is going to get you to the finish line?  Hebrew 12:1-2 in the Message Bible says,  “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on?  It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit!  No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.  Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.  And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.  When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through.  That will shoot adrenaline into your souls”  Here we are told that Jesus finished the race because He never lost sight of the goal.  He would put up with anything.  You will only endure the pain, criticism and loneliness when you have something to look forward to.  Success comes only when you are committed and have the passion to cross the finish line.  The question you need to ask yourself when the pressure is on —  will you stay in the race, keep your focus on the goal and run to win?   YOU WILL CROSS THE FINISH...

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