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Monday, May 30, 2011

15-Minute #PRAYER BLAST at 7am (EST) (#PowerandPurpose)




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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sleeping Away Your Purpose (#PowerandPurpose)

“'Why are you sleeping?' he asked them. 'Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.'” - Luke 22:46 (NIV)

Because we are sleeping, we are not praying. Because we are not praying, we are more prone to fail.  We are in the garden, sleeping, and are prone to give into all kinds of temptations: irrational fear, unnecessary anxiety, blatant satanic lies that my sins can outrun God’s grace, the delusional belief that we know better than God and can control our own lives, and feeding our flesh is more important than feeding my spirit. No more! Not today! It’s time for us to:

Get up!

Arise!

Wake up!

Pray!

Intercede!

Talk to God!

Be devoted to prayer!

Together let’s enter into this exhausting, powerful, and intimate spiritual habit with my Savior. He invites us to be alone with him and to be devoted to talking to him daily. Let’s awake and pray so we won’t fail him and others we love.


Excerpt from "Yet I Sleep" by Pastor Marvin Williams:
http://www.streamingfaith.com/index.php/prayer/devotionals/yet-i-sleep/





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Friday, May 20, 2011

Detail-Oriented Purpose (#PowerandPurpose)

I’m naturally drawn to details. Concise details give me clarity, and I appreciate it. But on a day-to-day basis, if I’m not careful, those same details can make things more cloudy for me than clear. 

It’s easy to get entangled in “stuff” these days—good stuff, and even great stuff, but all too often, much of it is just unnecessary excess. I always want to squeeze in one last detail to “make progress,” which eats into my time for the next thing. So often I’ve heard in my spirit “stop now,” but kept my foot on the gas anyhow, engaging one more idea, returning one more phone call, responding to one more email or text, or working just a few more minutes (hours) before I move on….


It may sound trivial, but here’s my example: To put a hard stop on whatever responsibility I’m in the middle of, just to go to sleep at an earlier hour, somehow seems to be slack or even selfish if I think about it too long.


But when I re-direct those thoughts to God, and make the cut-off for Him—dropping everything in that moment just so I can shift all things to make time to be alone with Him—I become that Big-Picture person I so highly regard. Clutter moves out and divine order takes over because the Big Picture, what’s most important in this life, is in clear view.



Excerpt from "Cutting the Detail" by Lisa Birch:
http://www.streamingfaith.com/index.php/prayer/devotionals/cutting-the-details/

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Developing Power in the Use of Time


The ultimate purpose of spending time with God is to commune with God. We are made for relationship with God (Ecclesiastes 3:11), and thus, in order to have fullness of joy and to be what God wants him to be, he needs to cultivate that relationship. How this is done will make all the difference for making our devotional time a meaningful, edifying, and truly purposeful time.


A productive quiet time is one in which we encounter God's heart for us through His Word. We read it, study it, and meditate upon it such that the Spirit is able to give us enlightenment concerning its meaning and His desired application for our lives. The Scripture is not meant to be mere data and information, but it is language expressing God's love and intents to us and for us. It is thus more than letters on a page, being God's handwritten note to us about His love and purposes for us. It is very much alive (Hebrews 4:12). When we read God's Word to see what God's heart is and how He wants our hearts (James 1:25), then devotions are meaningful and purposeful.


Excerpt from "The Purpose of Time Alone with God" by Brenton M. Barnett:

http://www.streamingfaith.com/index.php/prayer/devotionals/the-purpose-of-time-alone-with-god/

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fearless Power

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." - Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)




Are you afraid of heights? Or do you become hysterical at the mere sight of spiders? Perhaps you live in constant fear that you will never get ahead in life. Whether you are afraid of heights, spiders or failure, let's be clear on one thing; it is not good to have any amount of fear in your life.

Satan knows that you must have faith to believe that God's promises will come to pass. If he can get you to doubt God's promises, he will accomplish his goal of taking you out of the will of God, thereby keeping you from receiving your blessing.


Excerpt from "Eliminating the Fear Factor" by Dr. Creflo A. Dollar:
http://www.streamingfaith.com/index.php/prayer/devotionals/eliminate-the-fear-factor/

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Serving a Powerful Master




Everything we do with regard to relationships in marriage, in the family, and in the workplace must be done in recognition that we have a Master over us. As such our attitude should always be to please Him, whether through submitting or loving, obeying or encouraging, working or supervising. Our master will reward us for our service to Him.






Join the Power and Purpose 15-Minute Prayer Blast and pray for stronger relationships as you continue your journey of purpose, on Monday at 7am (EST):

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Conference ID: 45895#

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Conference ID: 45895#

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Social Power




Social relationships and happiness go together. They are a two-way street. Good relationships make us happier and happy people have better relationships. Like food and air we seem to need social relationships to thrive.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Power of Relationships: No Toxic Purpose

There are those relationships that are absolutely toxic. They drag you down, make you feel bad about yourself, and every time you have to be around this particular person you are filled with anxiety and foreboding going in.  Your stomach is in knots while you are in contact, and when you leave it takes hours for you to feel better.

For some people the person in such a relationship may be a spouse or a close relative. Toxic relationships steal your joy and your health and well-being. It is appropriate to sever relationships that are poisonous.


Forgive. Don't harbor ill will.  But, it is absolutely appropriate to sever such relationships. If you choose not to sever such a relationship then limit your time with that person to no more than 1 hour per week. Because relational poison will eventually kill you.

Monday, May 9, 2011

People Purpose

Human beings need each other. It's a fact. We can't be left on our own as infants or children. And we crave human contact, even the most introverted of us. The close relationships that make us most happy are those that are "characterized by mutual understanding, caring, and validation of the other person as worthwhile." We all want to feel loved and cared for. We need to know somebody sees us as having worth.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Power of Relationships

Let's face it, we are around people a lot. Relationships with those people can either be a source of strength and joy or they can serve to hand us a miserable time. A few are simply neutral but most have some kind of positive or negative influence.

Even the bank teller, a waitress, and someone you meet on the street can have an influence on you and you have an influence on them. Have you ever met someone on the street radiating happiness and joy, saying hello to everyone, and they have not brightened your day just a bit? By the same token saying "Have a nice day" to someone who growls back "Yeah, right" leaves a very different sentiment.


Now, I'm not saying that our attitude should change because of what others do, but rather that we need to pay attention to how we engage other people all the time.


Develop Power and Purpose in Relationships through the 15-Minute PRAYER BLAST, Monday at 7am (EST):

Dial-In Number:  (218) 862-1115 | Conference ID: 45895#

Telephone PLAYBACK:  Dial-In Number: (218) 936-1005 | Conference ID: 45895#

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Family Power!


Relationships are important. First of all they allow us to love and be loved. They help us feel secure. Loving others gives us opportunities to grow. And when we take pride in the accomplishments of others and they take pride in ours, we share a deep bond that unites us.



Relationships matter to our emotional well-being. We blossom and flourish from childhood to adulthood because of the encouragement, support, and mentorship of parents, teachers, coaches, and other influential people. We are able to face tough times largely through the emotional support and compassion of our loved ones.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Personal Power

Change is personal

"And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better.'" (Luke 5:37-39, NIV)


Ultimately, each of us has to make up our mind, do we want the wine or do we want the wineskin.

We must choose:

Resist, resent, and reject?
Receive and rejoice...!


Change is part of life and change is essential to growth…! The only thing in the universe that does not change is the God of heaven and His Word…! It will never change for us, we must change in response to it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Inevitable Purpose



Change is inevitable.  Resisting change will not keep it from happening.  Everything living changes.  You cannot keep cloth from shrinking or wine from expanding. It will happen...!  Some changes cannot be partial, they must be total. You cannot put new wine into old wineskins.  Tradition must never be valued more than truth! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Powerful Emotions



Even positive change can produce negative emotions.  Change takes time to process emotionally.  The greater the degree or speed of change, the greater the degree of emotion we feel as a result of that change. The greater the degree of emotion, the greater the amount of time we will need to process that emotion.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Seasonal Purpose

We can’t change the seasons of life, but we can make decisions that will affect how we live in those seasons.  This is the season to make decisions that will enhance our spiritual well-being. There is a time for endings and a time for new beginnings. There is a time to retreat and a time for adventure. The seasons of our lives can be more fulfilling and we will lead happier lives when we remember the words of the preacher in Ecclesiastes 3:1.

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Start with the Power and Purpose of PRAYER in the season of change.  Join the 15-Minute Monday Morning Prayer Blast:

Dial-In Number:(218) 862-1115 | Conference ID: 45895#

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