Don’t Waste Opportunity

In Matthew 25 the Bible talks about the ten virgins, the parable of the talents, the sheep and goats.

Five of ​the virgins were wise and five were foolish, one servant with the five talents earned 5 more, one servant with two talents gained two more also.  But the one who received one talent dug in the ground and hid his Lord’s money. The sheep and the goats are separated as to how they have served others.

Are we ready for the Master’s return? Are we multiplying the money given to us? Are we helping others in need?

I believe the Lord wants us to be faithful in our relationship with him, our finances, and our spiritual gifts.

It takes a close relationship with the Father to be led by the spirit and be ready for his return. It takes money to have what we need and ​be able to give. It takes compassion, use of our spiritual gifts, time and money to clothe, feed, visit the sick, and prisoners.

None of us as Christians are exempt from these things or from being a good steward over what God has given us.

The one servant who hi​d​ his Lord’s money because he was afraid did not take any of it or waste it. We read He gave it back to his master just as he was given.  He was afraid to use what he was given.  What the servant with one talent really wasted was an opportunity!

Today embrace your relationship with God, be a good steward over what you have been given, and don’t waste opportunities!

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Matthew 25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[c] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him,[d] saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

We MUST read God’s Word!

As a leader and child of God, it is our duty and privilege to read the Bible.  Practice reading God’s word daily.  As you mediate and live by the principles written therein, you will stay on the right path and have good success.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Psalm 119:105 ESV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Joshua 1:8 ESV

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Although we know we should read the Word of God, too many times other things seem to get in the way of this most important area of our lives!  I had good intentions but it seemed I just couldn’t fit reading the Bible into my daily schedule.  I had too much to do and my intentions to read never came about!

Finally I realized that I can never be the person I want to be, if I don’t read the Bible and pray daily!  After all, I claim to be a Christian.  How could I become all God wants me to be if  I’m not allowing the Holy Spirit to teach me?  Now I have a morning routine that keeps me on track for the rest of the day.  If you struggle finding time to read the Word of God, make it a priority and set a schedule to read and pray.  Allow the Holy Spirit to  draw you to read His word.  Start with small chunks of time, and soon you will realize how precious and exciting it is to read God’s word and hear from Him.  Your days will go much smoother and your relationship with the Father will grow.

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It’s Not Always As It Seems…

When you are not satisfied with life, go to God.

Things are not always as we think they are, even during the hard times in our life.  It during those times especially that we should go to God.  Go to Him.  In this verse of scripture God says twice for us to listen.    It is hard to do when your thoughts take over and all you can think about it is the current situation.  But remember what He says, His thoughts are not your thoughts, His ways are not your ways.  His thoughts are higher than ours.  How awesome is our God!!!  He sees, knows  and has  the answer. Going to God will change everything, mainly us! Our thought process and emotions will change when we go to God and take time to listen to what He says, then trust Him to work it out… HIS WAY.

MARK HIS WORDS!  Whatever He says in His Word is what to trust in.  God cannot lie! Whatever He has written in His Word is definite.  His Word will not return void.  Go to God, then listen to Him and believe what His word says about the situation.  Search the scriptures for in them you will have life.  The Word doesn’t always spell out what we  should do specifically, but they do tell you who God is and what He says He will do for you.

God wants you to have a life of peace and abundance through Him.   “Incline your ear, and come to Me.

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Isaiah 55New King James Version (NKJV)

An Invitation to Abundant Life

55 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.
Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people,
A leader and commander for the people.
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do not know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

***GET READY***

*** GET READY*** That’s what I’m hearing the Lord say this morning!! Has God put something in your heart that has been a desire of yours for a long time, maybe even years? God said to GET READY!! Start preparing for the journey! When you are equipped to do what He’s called you to do, He will send you forth. Get the training, study, prepare, practice. It’s coming and soon. I’m believing for many it will be before December. To God be the glory for the dream in your heart and spirit. And God will get all the glory when He sends you!!! So, *** GET READY***woman reading woman speaking woman traveling woman working out woman feeding the poor

Born a Leader – But don’t feel like you’re there yet?

Do you KNOW you were born to lead, but don’t feel like you are there yet?

When it seems you just can’t get to where you want to be,  you must Make up your MIND!

Have you ever heard someone say “make up your mind”?  This is a statement to declare that you need to decide which direction you are going to choose, and to do it, no matter what.  When you declare and make a decision in your mind to take a course of action,  then you are actually creating or making up a mental image and thought process in your mind and insisiting that you will do it.  Think about it.  You can decide to keep reading or stop here.  It’s a mental choice.

When a woman is putting on her makeup, or a man is grooming himself, they are changing their appearance,  how they feel, what they think about, ect. So it’s the same process your mind, you can actually change the way your mind thinks and what pictures you want to create as you visualize and see the Leader you were born to be.  Many times we do this without being purposeful in our thinking, like walking, reaching for something, etc.  Our subconscious takes control.  So we must think about and decide what we will allow.

The problem with not feeling like you are the Leader you were born to be is,  you have not MADE UP YOUR MIND TO BECOME THAT PERSON!

Remember the verse of scripture in Psalms 1: 1-3 that says,

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

pine tree

The pine tree in Indiana  stays green all year round.  Take a look at this picture and say to yourself, I am like this tree.  Notice every other tree has no appearance of life, though they may not be dead, they just aren’t bearing green leaves or fruit.  God gave you the ability to create in your mind the mental image of His purpose for you as a born leader, and he gave you the ability to preform every act as that born Leader!  God wants you to have Life abundantly!

How you get there, is to MAKE UP YOUR MIND!  Make up the mental image, create the emotion, the tenacity, and deliberately do something DAILY without fail in your leadership role.  You get to decide.  Will you meditate on God’s Word and His purpose for you?  Will you allow Him to lead and guide you?  Do you want to become like the tree planted by the rivers of water who’s leaves will not wither, and prosper in whatever you do?

If so, then MAKE UP YOUR MIND – in every way that expresses you to be a leader, every day.  Meditate on the Word of God and His promises for you.  Make your mind work for you and with you.  And above all else, let God be your guide.  Holy Spirit will lead you every step of the way.

As I have heard it said, Get out of your own way!  You have the power to make up or create in your mind whatever you want to become!  Choose TODAY and MAKE UP YOUR MIND to BE A Leader, with God’s purpose in mind.

BE THE LEADER  YOU WERE BORN TO BE!!

DIGGING A NEW WELL – LEADERSHIP

DIGGING A NEW WELL!

It’s time to dig a new well.

Many times in prayer the Lord will give me a vision. This morning I see a shovel going into the ground.

shovel foot

I heard the Lord say, it’s time to dig a new well and leave the past behind! Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

According to Wikipedia.org Water wells typically range from 3 to 18 metres (9.8–59.1 ft) deep, but in some areas can go deeper than 900 metres (3,000 ft) so the fresh water can come in. A lot of times an old well may become contaminated. That is what your past will do if you allow pain or regret to remain in your heart. When these memories resurface they seek to contaminate your future. God wants you to focus on new and fresh things daily. The Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing our mind!

This new well is for you to discover, as you leave the past behind, a clear, fresh vision the Lord wants to give you for direction in leadership.

Digging isn’t easy and does take time, but the first step is your act of faith. As you begin to put your foot on the shovel and push it into new ground, God will help you. Soon your digging will be replaced with equipment that will do the work for you. In other words, things will start to come together, and you will have all you need to complete each phase in the area of leadership the Lord has placed inside of you. Then your well will become fresh and living water for others who thirst.

man digging wellwell water druck

In the Old Testament we read about the woman at the well who came to draw water. The well was a location either outside the city walls or if fortunate, inside the city, for the women to come and draw water they needed to survive. You have living water and leadership skills that contain life giving principles for others!

Today seek God for fresh and new revelation of where He wants to take or what He wants to reveal to you as a leader. Take a step of faith! Put your shovel in the ground and start digging. Ask, seek and knock, God will answer!

Your well has the trips you want to take, the dreams in your heart, revelation, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, gifts, talents, life-giving principles to share with others. Don’t wait. Start digging today.

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Leaders arise, DIG and find a new spring in your life!

DREAM WITH GOD!

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I am NOT of this world. I am in the world but not of the world. My mind, soul and spirit should respond to heavenly visions that God gives me. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. What we lost because of sin and our sin nature needs to be redeemed in order to live out God’s full plans and purposes for our lives, and that can only be accomplished as we are led by the Spirit of God.

We must submit our will to His will, so that we can see and live out the heavenly vision He calls us to. He became poor so that we would become rich. He gave gifts unto men and gave us power over all the enemy. So why not move forward into your heavenly call and ask God to give you his dreams and plans for your life.

I remember when God called me to write a tract about salvation in plain English and to call it Street talk, so that anyone could understand the message of salvation. I had no idea how to accomplish this. I did not consider myself to be a writer.

Two years later, the vision was still in my mind and my heart. I begin sharing this with a printer that printed materials I needed for marketing. He said Cathy I have a whole skid of paper I will give you, if you will just pay for the printing. I didn’t have the money for printing, but after sharing what the printer told me, my friend said she just received a check and she would give me 3000 dollars for the printing! My mom’s friend knew someone at her church who’s son was a graphic artist. He created the drawing that I gave him from the picture that was in my mind.

All of this was accomplished and I didn’t have one word to go on the tract. I told God I didn’t know how to do this. I asked him to give me a thought and he did, so I started writing. The words fit perfectly on the paper and I received 50,000 tracks!

I worked for a Christian publishing company at the time. Two chaplains came to the publishing house at different times. One of them was going back to Iraq. He asked me if I had a tract that he could have to put on the table because the men were grabbing up whatever they could about God, knowing they might lose their lives. I told him I did, but I didn’t tell him that I wrote it. The other chaplain who came in was from California. I also distributed them in the juvenile correctional facility for girls that I went to weekly. So the tracks that God told me to write, went around the world!

So many testimonies have happened since then. God is so good.

Dream with God let him so you what he wants you to do. Then began to open your mouth and share it with others. He will open the doors and your vision will appear before your very eyes, for His glory.

I would love to hear from you if you have a dream or vision that God has given you.

Until we meet again DREAM WITH GOD!!

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