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Expanding your skills

If you want to succeed in life, your education cannot end when you graduate. All leaders are learners, and you need to continue learning the rest of your life. Because the moment you stop growing, your contribution to your company stops growing also.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” (NIV) It’s important to work smarter, to sharpen your ax. You waste less time when you do this.

How do you sharpen your ax? By filling your head with learning – read a book, listen to a seminar, take a class, attend church. If you keep learning, then God can continue to expand your horizons.

“Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper.” (Proverbs 19:8 TEV) The solution to most of life’s problems is training. So learn all you can.

That’s why I would like to encourage you to take notes during lessons, studies or even services. Did you know that if you don’t, then within 72 hours you’ll forget 95 percent of what you hear? So you may look real spiritual, but you’re not real bright.

Learn all you can and remember what you learn and watch how God blesses your work.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Work: Exceeding What is Expected

If you want your work to be blessed by God, you need to exceed what is expected of you. No matter what you do, whether you’re a truck driver, an attorney, a cook or a teacher, do more than the minimum. Don’t just get by.

God wants you to go beyond the normal and surpass what is required of you. Our verse today tells us to exceed the expectations of your boss, exceed the expectations of your customers. That is the kind of work God blesses.

We live in a culture of mediocrity. How many times do we complain about shoddy workmanship or poor service or inferior quality? Americans used to take pride in their craft, but today it has become about just getting by. So many people just put in their time, do the minimum that’s required of them and cut corners, getting by on as little effort as possible.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that this makes it very easy to stand out at work. Any time you take pride in your work and decide to do more than expected, you’ll rise to the top.

Another reason we should exceed in our work is because we represent Jesus Christ. And Jesus said, “If someone demands that you go one mile, go with him two miles.” (Matthew 5:41) Exceed what’s expected of you and watch God bless it.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Shut the door

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.(Matthew 6)

How about putting everything you are doing now on hold for a moment? Shut the door to everything around you (work, family, entertainment) and have quiet moment and sincere talk with the Father. How about doing it right now? Yes now.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Inappropriate Time

 When Gabriel the angel visited Mary (Luke 1), it might seem as though the timing wasn’t right, it just was the inappropriate time. Couldn’t he have come a little earlier (before her engagement), or some time later ( perhaps after she was married and enjoyed her honeymoon)? At least this would minimize the danger of being divorced by Joseph, the wrath of the law at that time and also a possible rejection by the family due to the pregnancy. Despite all these reasons, she showed the heart of a servant38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1).

One of the greatest miracles of all time happened because of her willingness to accept the will of God even at the ‘Inappropriate time’. The time may not always be the best for us but surely as long as we are willing to accept His will His purpose will certainly be revealed and fulfilled in our lives.

Stand up and boldly declare ‘The time is right and it is now’!

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Last Man Standing

 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last”. (Revelation 1:11) This affirmation should bring peace in the hearts of those seeking justice knowing that the last and final judgement will come from the Lord Himself. Our injustices may be standing now but surely our Lord will be The Last Man Standing.

Let us keep our strive to keep our faith active and our hope alive reminding ourselves of His own words7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly”.( Luke 18) 

 

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

He who laughs, lasts

Many people think the Bible is only filled with commands labeled “Thou shalt not” They assume the Bible is all about restrictions and making you lead a boring life.

But this should put a smile on your face: Having fun is good for your health.

God tells us in his Word that life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 NIV)

I like to put it this way, “He who laughs, lasts.” Learn to laugh at yourself, put some play in every day, relax, chill out, have some fun.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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