This is a must watch video… It is a reminder that people matter
This is a must watch video… It is a reminder that people matter
Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.
– 2 Peter 1:10
You shall never fall. When you think about it, that’s a startling statement, isn’t it? Most of us have been tripped up by the devil so many times we don’t like to think about it.
But the Word of God says it doesn’t have to be that way. He says there’s something that can keep us on our feet. What is it? Diligence.
If you haven’t already, you need to realize how important diligence is. You need to face the fact that you simply can’t live a life of victory without it.
You can’t stand strong on the Word of God and not pick your Bible up during the week. Sunday morning alone isn’t going to get the job done. Yet most believers try to get by on that. That’s precisely why we have thousands of churches all over the world filled with born-again people who don’t have enough faith to blow their hats off. No diligence.
I remember several years ago when I ministered to a lady who was healed of cancer. She’d gotten into the Word, taken a stand of faith, and had been delivered. But several years later she called me and said, “Brother Copeland, I wish you’d pray for me. This cancer has come back on me again.”
Right away I recalled the scripture the Lord had given us to stand on those years before: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” So I said, “Get your Bible and let’s go back to Isaiah 54:17.”
In the background I could hear her whispering to someone else in the room, “Where’s my Bible?” When I heard that, I almost cried out. I knew she wasn’t going to make it. Why? No diligence.
Listen, this is a daily thing. The devil’s out there 24 hours a day devising ways to make us fall. Jesus is on the throne 24 hours a day giving us power to resist him, and we need to be exercising our faith all the time.
If you’re going to stand in the days ahead, you’re going to need a lot more than Sunday school faith. You’re going to need some full-grown, mountain-moving faith, and there’s only one way to get that: By giving yourself to the Word more diligently than you ever have before.
Give diligence to make your calling and election sure; and no matter how slippery the situation gets, you won’t have to fall!
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:3-10
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
Steve Jobs – Walter Issacson
I Dared to Call Him Father – Bilquis Sheikh
Rework – Jason Fried
Focus Free – Leo Babauta
Permission Marking – Seth Godin
God Owns My Business – Stanley Tam
The Power of Simple Prayer – Joyce Meyer
God’s Will is the Holy Spirit – Gloria Copeland
Steal Like An Artist – Austin Kleon
The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
How to Win Friends & Influence People in The Digital Age – Dale Carnegie
The Count of Monte Cristo
I hope to update this list as I find more books that have brought growth & expanded my knowledge.
1. THE GREAT LAW OF FAITH
You will receive in direct proportion to your faith. Even your small faith, in the hands of a mighty God, becomes powerful and strong. Jesus said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
According to your faith let it be to you.” (Matthew 9:29)
2. THE GREAT LAW OF CONFESSION
What you speak will come to pass. Having faith for your future is a necessary ingredient, but there comes a time when you must declare it.
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)
3. THE GREAT LAW OF FORGIVENESS
To be forgiven, you must forgive.
4. THE GREAT LAW OF RETRIBUTION
Failure awaits those who disobey God’s commandments.
“And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.” (Deuteronomy 28:13)
“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that … these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” (v.15)
There are consequences for your actions whether you believe it or not.
5. THE GREAT LAW OF INCREASE
He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:23)
6. THE GREAT LAW OF PROSPERITY
The law of physics says: For every action there is a reaction. It is also true in the Kingdom of God. If we keep His commands, we can expect magnificent rewards.
“No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalms 84:11)
~ source: You Can Do It Too! by Bill Swad Sr.
Your Time and Talent are Valuable, so before you commit to anything or anyone, consider the following:
1. Look at the fruits of what follows that person and ask yourself where will they be leading you. Keep in mind NOT ALL open doors are from God.
“Just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” ~Matthew 7:20
2. Take a hard look at your future and ask yourself, “Is this God’s purpose & plan for me? Or will this person or project detour, delete or distract from what God may have for me?”
“Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” ~Proverbs 4:26-27
3. Ask yourself, “Will I be growing in my walk with Christ when working with this person or on this project?”
“…be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” ~2 Peter 3:17-18
4. “Will my time and talent invested become a blessing to anyone other than myself?”
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:11
5. Before you walk away from where you are for a new venture, PRAY HARD and count the cost of what you’re leaving behind or giving up.
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” ~Luke 14:28
6. When the beginning excitement phase is over, is this something or someone that you would want to stay connected to when challenges arise?
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” ~1 Peter 5:8
7. Don’t allow desperation force you to make a move too quickly. For major decisions, seek wisdom in the Word and wise counsel from those you trust. Then wait at least 30 days and see what God reveals before you invest your valuable time & talent in anyone or anything.
“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.” ~Psalm 37:7
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” ~Psalm 119:105
If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now.
Turn off the TV if it’s on. Seriously, TURN IT OFF.
Play something that gets you jacked. Hint: try the playlist you use at the gym.
For god’s sake don’t eat a twinkie or some other junk food. Eat something healthy. Eat some nuts or fruit. Take your vitamins.
A) Take a shower, OR
B) Go for a brisk walk, OR
C) Call the friend who most lifts you up and makes you feel great after every conversation. Tell him or her that you need a little pep talk. Put a 10 minute limit on the conversation.
Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. – Benjamin Franklin
Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. – Richard Bach
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs
~ by Corbett Barr
These points definitely got me out of bed this morningish.
Go get up! and get going!