Saturday, November 23, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
At 4 a.m. on June 4, 1896, Henry sat atop his first automobile and took it for a spin. It ran successfully for a few blocks, but stalled from ignition trouble when he reached the area of the downtown hotels, prompting some taunts from the street transients. But Henry was jubilant: After years of hard work, he had built a working automobile.
Later that summer, Henry Ford attended a convention in New York City of the Edison Illuminating Company, his employer in Detroit. At that meeting he was introduced to Thomas Edison, the inventor, who encouraged the young engineer to keep working on his vehicle: “That's the thing! Keep at it!" Edison advised.
Henry took Edison’s advice. And as the Quadricycle began to attract public attention, investors were intrigued. With the backing and influence of the mayor of Detroit, Henry Ford incorporated his first automobile company, the Detroit Automobile Company, in 1899. It had a short life, but Henry Ford's career as an automaker had begun. By the way, he went bankrupt five times before the dream came true.
Think of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Nehemiah, and Elijah, each of these struggled with the dream until it came to pass. Friend, don’t ever ever quit. "Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not." (Galatians 6:9)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Any athlete can tell you in order to have any success in their field, Confidence is a must. I’ve watched singers who’ve gotten nervous in their performance and gone flat and off key. I’ve seen golfers who ‘choked’, once they thought about their four foot putt worth $40,000! There are several things that will destroy your confidence. Let’s talk about a few “Confidence Killers”.
Unrealistic demands. Friend, no one is perfect. The Bible is full of heroes who experienced many blunders and mistakes. Some people place so much pressure on themselves to be perfect, that they forget what Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ. (Phil 4:13) If you think you can succeed in your own strength, you will fall flat on your face!
Hitting the Replay Button too Often. The feature may be wonderful in helping referees in making the right call on the sports field, but when you’re always focusing on your past, you will certainly miss what God desires to do in your future. You can’t drive very far down the road looking in the rear view mirror without having a major collision and crisis.
Fear of Failure What if Moses would have never left the backside of the desert and faced Pharaoh? What if Joshua would have never gotten the Priests to put their feet in the Jordan River? What if David would have never faced Goliath? What if Queen Esther would have never gone to the King to rescue the Jews from a death threat? What if three Hebrew teenagers would have never said to the King, “We will not bow down to your god?” What if Peter would have never launched out into the deep for a great catch of fish? (Luke 5:4) There would have been Many Missed Miracles.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
It’s amazing what goes through the mind of a child. Kids really do have a mind of their own. And because they do, they need essential Time, Training and Tough Love from Godly Parents. We can’t leave it up to the White House to lead and give time to our kids. Neither can we leave it up into the hands of the schoolhouse to Train and steer our kids in the right direction. In all honestly, it’s not even the church house’s responsibility to give Tough love to kids. God puts all these responsibilities upon the shoulders of Parents. Yes, the church house Will give tenderness, time and training because so many kids are without a compass in assessing what’s really valuable in life. So What’s Important?
Time, James Dobson says kids spell love… “T I M E”. Mom and Dad, no doubt you are under great pressure when it comes to the time you have left over from work, keeping up with the house, your child’s school, taking them to their ball games, dance recitals, music lessons, karate, and the list goes on and on. Somewhere you come to realize you can’t be everywhere and do everything that is pulling on your coat tail. You must determine your TOP Priorities. Have you sat down and discussed, “Just what are the TOP priorities for our Family”? Is there time for God? Is there Time to deposit His Word? Is there Time to worship the Lord on “The Lord’s day?” Have other things crowded God out from your world?
Training. If you don’t make time to train your kids, who will? Most of them will learn lessons from society, friends, MTV, social media, prime time, and television. So what does God say about the child God has given us? “Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
Tough Love, God states that parents are to discipline their kids. Eli was a great man of God but a horrible father. His sons Hophni and Phinehas were wicked men. He allowed his sons to get away without any repercussions or discipline. They violated sacrificial portions that belonged to God. They scandalized the faithful, acted unjustly and had illicit sexual relations with the young women assigned to care for the Shrine at Shiloh. But Eli did nothing. Mom, Dad don’t neglect in bringing tough love with some form of discipline to your kids. Kids are more secure when you do. God himself “chastens those whom He loves.”
I’ll be the last to say I did it all right as a parent. But with God’s wisdom and help, He will enable each of us to give Time, Training and yes, Tough Love to the children He gave us.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
These could be looked at as tools in becoming everything God would have us to be. Everybody struggles with something. In the pages of the Word of God, it is evident that men and women have their hang-ups and weaknesses. It’s up to us to add to our faith tools to overcome the entrapments that Satan uses to destroy us.
Nobody climbs Mt Everest overnight. Those who have made it to the peak did it by taking one step at a time. BJ Gallagher writes, “Our journey is about progress, not perfection. It’s not about doing one thing 100 percent better; it’s doing 100 things 1 percent better each day.” God has a plan and a strategy for us to win. But you have to pay ‘up-front’ before you experience your Payday.
Abraham kept pressing until he hit Payday. He struggled in believing for his promised son Isaac. It was his impatience that brought about Ishmael. Failure is not final unless you don’t get up. He persevered at the age of 100 and Sarah at 90, and they saw God bring about their promised son. Payday came as they trusted God to fulfill exactly what He had promised.
Isaac kept pressing until he hit Payday. He struggled with the Philistines who threw dirt in his wells. But he wouldn’t quit. He stayed in the batter’s box and faced every curve ball that came against him. He pressed on regardless, even in a famine, Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him (Genesis 26:12).
Joseph kept pressing until he hit Payday. He struggled with his eleven brothers who sold him into slavery. He still trusted God who led him through some very deep and difficult steps. He was falsely accused for a crime he never committed and ended up in prison until he was 30 years old. Those 13 years of confusion eventually turned into a celebration. He could have easily quit and turned sour and bitter. But he believed God had ordered his steps. As a result, thousands of people and own his family were saved in a famine. Yes, Payday came for a young 17 year old dreamer because he kept pressing.
How long have you waited for your Payday? Have you become weary and worn to a frazzle? Keep taking one inch, one step, and one moment each day, pressing towards the mark. You may not understand it now, but God says, “Keep pressing till you hit the mark, for there is a prize.” Yes, keep adding to your faith and you will see your own PAYDAY OF VICTORY. Dannysdevotional.com
Saturday, October 19, 2013
What a great act of compassion and kindness! Peter says, “Add to your faith…Mutual affection.” (2 Peter 1:6) He’s inspired by the Holy Spirit and says that loving others is part of the journey in our development. This adds to the securing of your faith and your walk with Christ.
Just how serious are you about finishing strong in your walk with Christ? Nowhere in the Word does it say that our walk will be perfect and without blemish, bumps and blunders. Yes, there are many challenges along the way. One of the greatest challenges that your faith will face will be how you handle people around you. Not everybody is going to smile at you and be nice, kind and loving. Some might just “rain on your parade”. Your issues aren’t in dealing with easy to love people; it’s those who are belligerent and ugly that adds stress to your life.
Moses had to deal with Korah in the wilderness. Joseph had to deal with his eleven brothers who threw him in a pit. Nehemiah dealt with an enemy named Sanballat who attempted to stop the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. Jesus was betrayed by one of His disciples named Judas. I don’t know who’s getting under your skin, but headaches and stress with individuals are always going to be part of your development this side of heaven. Yes, God uses people like sandpaper to make us smoother and better fit for His use.
So, will you stay the course and become Better rather than Bitter? I have watched many people who have removed themselves from His Will and Plan all because they couldn’t handle the pressure of people who caused them tension and heartache. But the apostle Paul says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. “For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. (2 Corinthians 4:7-11)
Go the distance friend. And one day, standing before the Lord, you will see how God used each difficult situation and different people to make you more like Him and better at loving those around you.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Filters are cheap in comparison to replacing your motor or your A/C unit that cools your home. Car manufactures recommend that owners replace their oil and filter every three to seven thousand miles. It’s a small cost, but it can be a big ticket item in your budget if it’s overlooked. So what is your filter for making Godly decisions? I’m certain there are many, but let me mention just a few:
Keeping your Head clear is vital to making Godly decisions. I just recently talked with a discouraged Pastor of a local church. He came asking, “How do I know when it’s time to step down from my church?” Many people make a bad call when they are tired and weary. God says, 30 “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Ish 40:31, 32).
Each of us NEEDS a filter called Time Alone With God. Without consistent time alone with the Lord, you are apt to make some very bad decisions. Sarah said to Abram, “Take Hagar, she will give you a son. Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarah.” What would have happened if he would have hearkened to the voice of God? This mistake caused Abram and Sarah a whirlwind of heartache.
Each of us NEEDS a filter called Trusting In Our God. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, he that cometh to God must believe that He is and He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). People who tithe, trust in their God. People who share their testimony and witness, trust in their God. People, who choose to engage in ministry, trust in their God. “It’s not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6). Most people hold back from obeying God because of doubt.
Each of us NEEDS a filter called Remembering the Lord’s Faithfulness. If God did it once, He can do it again. “He is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). “They soon forgot what the Lord had done” (Ps 106:13). The children of Israel had just come through the Red Sea and within three days got amnesia. They came to Marah and the waters were bitter. Immediately they are murmuring and complaining of God’s unfaithfulness. I keep a black book of the breakthroughs that the Lord has done for me. I do that to remind myself that when I go into another battle the same God that brought me out the last time can do it again. Have you checked your filter lately? When you get the trash of doubt, discouragement and darkness out, it’s amazing to see how the Lord will guide and direct you.