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Thursday, July 24, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Ephesians 4:29

Ephesians 4:29 "Don't say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you."
There is a popular saying among young children “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Every time some kid in my school called me a name it hurt. For you it might have even been more than just words.
In our me-centered-culture it is so easy to get caught up in tearing others down in order to build ourselves up. Did you hear that? We have been so conditioned to tear down before we build up, it's hard to do what God Desires.
God desires is for us to be builders, where we build and invest in the lives of those around us! The Bible teaches that the power of life and death are in the tongue. We as Christ-followers have the incredible ability to speak life into people by the words that we choose to use.

If we open or spiritual eyes we can see that there are so many needs around us. People have the need to be loved, encouraged, empowered and to be told that they have unlimited potential and value because of what Christ has done for them. As you go about your day, think about the words you speak. Are you a builder or are you part of a wrecking crew by the words that you speak. Become very aware of the words you speak and let your talk be life-giving today!
You are Loved!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Proverbs 12:25

Proverbs 12:25 "Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up."
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I had an unlimited supply of money so I could shower my family, friends and those in need with gifts?”
Ironically each one of us has and unlimited supply of gifts that we can give, but most of the time we keep them all to ourselves! I know you are asking what gifts? The gifts I am talking about are not physical gifts, but they are the gifts of encouraging words. The gift of an encouraging word can meet a need and bless a person more than any physical gift ever could.
One of the things we are training our teams to do at CFW is when they greet someone tell them "Welcome to CFW, how can I make your day better; or how can I serve you today."

Our encouraging words have the power to turn someone’s day around. They have the power to change someone’s attitude about life and about their eternity! That's our heart at CFW, elevating peoples attitude the minute they step in our doors. Can you imagine a church full of people elevating each other towards Christ?
Today look for opportunities to be generous with the gift of your encouraging words. Maybe it will be your co-worker, someone next to you in class or it might even be your child or your spouse that needs the gift of your words. Will you hold back or will you make the choice to be generous with your words?
You are Loved!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Romans 5:11

Romans 5:11 "Not only so, but we also rejoice and exultingly glory in God {in His love and perfection} through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received and enjoy our reconciliation."  

The greatest relationship we will ever have the opportunity to enjoy in our lives is our friendship with God. I can't stress this enough or stop telling you why this is so important. The Bible speaks of his love for us in the most quoted scripture of all time, John 3:16. "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son." This word “love” in the Greek is the word Agape. It is the love that covers all, the love without demand and the love that is impossible to measure. This love so great is the love that God has for us and his greatest desire is not for us to be religious, but for us to have a relationship with him! That means have coffee with him in the morning or a chat sometime throughout the day.

All other loves will fail, but the love of God will never fail you. Even when we feel like He is not there or that He does not care about the situation you are in. That's just old Satan trying to keep you from the victory at hand. So keep your heart and thoughts on track and remember that our minds cannot even comprehend the eternal, everlasting love of God. We just have to trust that love and gratefully accept Him as the greatest friend we will ever know.

You are Loved!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Todays Thought Luke 9:23-25

Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23-25‬ KJV
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?"

To build quality friendships, we not only look for the right person; we also have to be the right person. In our culture we are taught to focus on ourselves and what makes us happy, but God’s ways are counter cultural! He says if we want to be happy we have to give ourselves away and look for ways to make others happy. We must be the kind of friend that we are looking for. We must be humble, not pushing for our own way. We must be patient and kind even though it seems like that is the last thing we want to do. And we must be willing to forgive others just has God has forgiven us.

You are loved!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - 1 Samuel 18:1

1 Samuel 18:1 "After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself."
Most of us instinctively know the “right they” in our lives, but we don’t always pursue those relationships. It's kind of like the teenager who knows who they should date but have a tendency to chose the "wrong they" we talked about yesterday. God desires for us to have the kind of relationships that pour into our lives and give us fuel in our tanks.
Think about Jonathan and David; they had such a strong bond and deep love between them; God desires that for us. He desires our relationships to be ones that edify and build up. The "wrong they" pour the negative into us to bring us down. Those who will love us like David and Jonathan loved each other, impact us to greater things.

Take some time to Think about people in your life that may be flying under the radar because they are humble. Look for people that are constantly encouraging others, people that easily forgive wrongs and people who are following God’s will in their lives. These are the “right they”. These are the people who will help you get to the next level in your relationship with God and ultimately have a full and abundant life.
You are loved!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT -1 Corinthians 15:33

1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
For most of us growing up we probably heard a parent or teacher quote this familiar Bible verse! It is amazing how the simplest of principles can sometimes become the most complex. We so easily fall into the trap of the “wrong they”.
I know you are thinking who's the "wrong they?" Take a look at the people you surround yourself with. Like a detective looking for clues you must look for the signs. It may be big things that scream out that our friends are the "wrong they" or it may be small things that we might easily overlook. Things like a negative attitude, gossiping, lack of making wise choices and lack of love for God can end up being huge things if we allow them to have an influence on our character. So like one who puts on the armor, we must guard our heart and spirit so we don't get pulled away from our relationship with Christ. "Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
You are Loved!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Proverbs 13:20

Proverbs 13:20  "Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm."
Relationships are one of the most important things in our lives here on Earth. Relationships are one of the biggest things Jesus told his disciples to cultivate. The people we choose to walk with through our life will have a huge impact on where we will end up! That's why it's important to choose those who will lift you up and not tear you down.

In this quiet moment as you chose to read this devotional today, take time to take a “Friend-entory”. Are the people around you causing you to make wise choices and building you up in your faith or are they causing your trouble or even causing you to get into trouble?
We only have this one life to live. This is not a dress-rehearsal, so we have to make sure the people we choose to spend the most time with are pulling out the best in us and pushing us closer to God. My prayer for each of you is that as your Pastor and friend, I'm getting you closer to the one who saves you...make the choice today to do the same with those around you!
You are Loved!