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Daily Devo- New Year, New Beginnings

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

The new year has finally arrived and many of us are hoping for a better year then 2020. The new year seems to be the time people choose to make an effort to change something in their life. New year resolutions for things like weight loss, to stop smoking, eating healthier, to exercise and so on.

However most of these new years resolutions do not make it passed a week or so. This is likely because people are trying to make these changes within their own will power; which rarely ever works. The Bible tells us that without God we can do nothing, but with God we will bear much fruit. With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

John 15:5-7 NKJV

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

This year I want to encourage each of you to make changes that will last. Make changes that will bear great fruit and lead you to a deeper connection with God.

The Bible tells us that when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior that we become new creations in Him. The old passes away and all things are made new. In God we get a fresh start, a blank slate, and new beginnings.

Are you ready for a new year– new you?

God is waiting for you. Change is inevitable; the changes could be bad or good. However, even the bad changes have purpose in our life; they help us to grow and mold us into who we are.

Change is meant to polish you to make you shine brighter

When we make the ultimate, radical change and choose life over death, committing our lives to God and His kingdom we are made new in His image. His word tells us to forget the old things and focus on what God is doing in our life currently. Explaining that He can make ways when there seems to be no way.

Isaiah 43: 18-19 NKJV

18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

Change can be scary and uncomfortable when we are going through it, however God reminds us that His plans are for us are good and prosperous; they are meant to give us hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Often times when we choose to hand our life over to God; to renew our minds and save ourselves from our own sinful destruction; we will notice we will lose things from our former self. Things such as friends, family members, habits, and more, but God promises that He will replace these things with something far better.

The story of Job is a perfect example of this. He lost his health, his wealth, and all of his children died, but he kept his faith in God. Guess what?!? When the trial was over God blessed Job with far more than he had before.

Job 42:12 NKJV

12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.

This year make the ultimate change and commit your life to God. If you seek Him above all else, He will guide your path and bless your life.

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for Your safety and protection throughout last year. Lord, although 2020 was full of uncertainties there is still a lot to be thankful for and I am truly blessed by Your mighty hand.

Lord a new year is upon us which means new obstacles, new trials, and many many new blessings. I pray that as we kick off the new year that as a nation we would dedicate our lives and future to You. That we would relay solely on Your guidance, direction, and protection. I pray as we walk through each day we would live a bold and courageous life for You.

I pray those that are lost would seek You and commit their lives to You; accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I pray that You would remind us that change is not always easy but it is necessary to live a fulfilling and prosperous life. I pray that Your will be done in each of our lives in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- 7 Keys to Building Good Relationships

In a study conducted by researches about what tops the charts as a success– the consistent answer was close relationships. So, what can we do to build good relationships? Truth is not much. Relationships that are good and healthy evolve out of ‘being’ a specific type of person.

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 NKJV

Who we are in a relationship is far more important than what we do. This is why no matter how hard you try– you can’t change what someone does or does not do. Changing their actions because you told them too, does not change who they are– their core being is what makes them who they are.

People can choose to change their core being but it does not happen on its own or overnight. It is not something you can just tell someone to change and expect in an instant it is all different.

7 ways of ‘being’ in order to help build good relationships

1. Be someone who listens

Being an active listener in a relationship is important. Each person in the relationship needs to feel heard and understood by their partner. Those that have good relationships– friends, family, children, or spouses– take the time to hear what the other is saying. Not interrupting, judging, or jumping to conclusions, but being slow to speak and quick to listen to understand.

2. Be someone who is safe

A close relationship is built on feelings of security. People need to feel safe or they will not be willing to open up. Keeping your word and promises create a sense of security. Once someone feels safe– trust is earned– and the relationship flourishes.

3. Be someone who helps others

Healthy and happy relationships are rewarding. People that have security in one another also help each other out. Sometimes by helping with tangible things such as household chores or a ride to a soccer game– and sometimes by giving encouragement and support. Regardless of the help we give– we should be doing it because we want to not because we feel like we have to.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV

4. Be some who puts yourself in the other persons shoes

Empathy is the fancy way of saying seeing the world from someone else’s perspective. To build a good relationship there is a need for the balance of empathy from each person. This helps us to understand why the other person may think, act, and feel the way they do in any given situation. Forming effective empathy takes time and effort. It is a decision that we must make with each interaction– intentionally choosing to show empathy for another person. The hard-work and investment of showing empathy is well worth the effort!

5. Be someone who can receive

When the scales are unbalanced in a relationship– one is always receiving and one is always giving– both people will end up feeling less than happy, lacking in different areas. In a healthy relationship there is an even balance of give and take– we need to allow others to care for us– just as we do them. Being a good friend, spouse, parent, etc. does not mean we have to do all the giving.

Think of it like this: There are two glasses of water each half full. Glass A is the giver and Glass B is the taker. If A steps up and helps B, some of the water from glass A is poured into glass B– leaving glass A with a little less water each time and glass B with a little more. If this pattern of giving continues– eventually glass A will be empty and glass B will be overflowing. However, when each take turns being the giver and taker they both will remain balanced– neither empty and neither overflowing.

6. Be someone who can withstand the storm

13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

Colossians 3:13 NKJV

Almost every relationship will eventually encounter some rough patches. The storms of life come rolling in with no warning and their path of destruction in our lives vary in severity. In a healthy relationship there comes a time where both parties need to dig deep below the surface and talk about the ‘hard’ things. Talking about true feelings, likes and dislikes, the good and the bad.

If we are mature enough to talk with each other about these things the storm can bring a deeper, more genuine relationship and unlock a whole new level of intimacy. Conflict is a rough season but is a temporary price to pay for building solid, healthy relationships.

7. Be someone who knows how to say no or walk away.

Some relationships cannot work. Unfortunately there are people in the world who no matter what you do will not be pleased. Every relationship needs nurturing, but some are doomed for disaster– due to one or both parties denial or lack of effort.

If we are in a relationship that is causing us to do something we do not want to do, likely this is not a healthy relationship. If we are in a relationship that is consistently toxic and leaving us feel rejected or ‘not good enough’– this is not a healthy relationship. When this is the case we need to call it quits– this type of behavior is damaging to our own health and limits our usefulness to God.

In summary, building good, healthy relationships is complex and requires specific fundamental elements, time, and effort from both parties. When we are attempting to build good relationships or maybe even trying to shift our current ones– it is most fruitful to start with yourself.

Examine the person you truly are at the core. Do your actions, reactions, and choices reflect the type of person you want to be? Focusing on our own ‘being’– the person God called us to be– will help us to form and grasp on to the good relationships God has given us or will give us.

As the saying goes ‘change starts from within..’

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for the freedom to choose the relationships we form in our life. Thank you for sending Jesus to be the ultimate example of your love. I am so grateful for the relationship I have with You. Forgive me for the times I do not take the time to look within and examine my own intentions, feelings, and desires. God expose to me the type of person I am at my core and help me to transform any areas that do not line up with your Word. Give me discernment when forming new relationships and guide me in the ones I currently have. I want to know you more and be an example to others of your love and forgiveness. It is in Jesus name I pray

Amen

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Change Your Focus Change Your Future: Positive and Negative Mindsets Book Promotion!

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Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- January 18, 2018

2 Chornicles 7:14- “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”