IAM Calm

EXODUS 14:13-14 NLT But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Imagine facing the biggest challenge you have ever faced in your life. Now, run this conversation over in your mind. God speaking to you. “Yo Bro/Sis! Sit back. Watch me work. I will fight for you. Keep Calm”

BAM. God does his thing and destroys the Egyptians. You sit back and watch it. Replay over and over again for every situation that happens in your life.

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Keep Calm was invented by God over 2000 years ago by the King of Calm!

I want to encourage you to reset our perspective in who we are, and who our God is. Then what problems, sins, bondage, evil, issues, illnesses , challenges, opposition can defeat us? NOTHING!

Friends, keep calm. Be still. Take a chill pill.

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Let God do the heavy lifting.

Live in the truth!

IAM Calm
IAM Confident
IAM Victorious

Be awesome today!
Be amazing!
Be powerful!

IAM A Do-er

JAMES 1:22-25 NLT But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

I hope that in your daily life, you are taking the time to read the word of God. I also hope that everyday, you are being inspired by the living word. The word of God speaks to us to encourage, comfort, challenge, inspire , correct and motivate us. That is what a healthy life in the word should be. The next step is almost as important: We must do what he word says.

I know that it happens to me on almost a daily basis. God speaks to me, now it is up to me to act. It’s very clear to me to be obedient to the direction and conviction from the Holy Spirit. One thing I have learned about being a do-er. I must act quickly, and just do it. The more I take time to rationalize or contemplate, the more time I waste. Then sometimes the conviction fizzles out. I lose opportunities to live out my calling.

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Ever look in the mirror and forget what your awesome face looks like? That’s how foolish it would be. Imagine yourself looking in the mirror and saying “I don’t know who you are anymore!” Maybe you have strayed away from your true identity.

Look carefully into God’s Word. Take some time in it. The word of God is our mirror of truth. We are checking into it to see if there are any blemishes and areas for improvement right? Each morning, gaze into the truth and ask God to speak to you. The word of God is the perfect law that sets you free. How do laws set you free? They give us the guidelines to live in freedom of our life calling. Laws can restrict our actions, but other laws can also give us more power. The law of Love is powerful and amazing. I know that if I truly love someone, unconditionally, their heart will change. There are no exceptions; it’s as powerful as gravity. As you take the time to meditate and study the word, more and more of God’s amazing laws will give you guidance on how to be amazing in your life calling.

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Friends, let’s be amazing people who read and love the word. Then let’s be powerful people who also carry it out. Let’s get the point where we are physically uncomfortable until we are obedient to it. Have fun in carrying it out. Expect great adventures as God leads into amazing opportunities. Let’s just make sure we do. If the plan of action that God inspires you with starts of as a bit crazy, then start to act. If your thoughts gravitate to the practical, rational and realistic, rebuke those feelings and just do it!

It’s time to live in freedom and passion in your God given calling!

IAM a Lover of God’s Word
IAM Inspired by God on a Daily Basis
IAM Set Free in the Law of God’s Love
IAM Aware of my Life Calling
IAM a Do-er of God’s Word.

IAM Powerful

EPHESIANS 1:19-20 NLT I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

The greatest power in the world is to raise someone from the dead. It’s scientifically impossible in the rational world, but totally possible for our God. The ability to live forever and prevent aging is an eternal quest that companies are investing billions of dollars everyday. All of those companies are looking in the wrong place.

Today’s prayer for you: To understand the incredible greatness of God’s power that is inside of us when we believe in God. God is the beginning and the end when it comes to possibilities. The same mighty power that brought Jesus back from the dead, is available and inside of us. And only one thing matters. Do you believe?

When I think about certain friends and business associates, some of them are my “I Have a guy” guys. They knew everyone important, they have all the worldly knowledge in their heads and they know someone who is politically powerful enough to help out in situations of need. God, is our “I have a really connected all powerful Guy”. Not some cosmic vending machine we go to for our selfish desires, but the all powerful creator and father.

When we go to God in prayer and ask him to help change the hearts of men or heal the sick, we are going to him first because we know he is the only one powerful enough to do it. God is the source of all of any power we live in.

Friend: I want to encourage you to take some time to meditate on the incredible greatness of our God. Think about the fact that with the spoken word God created the heavens and the earth. Just let your mind wash over the amazing things that hang in the balance everyday. Every time that I get into any prayer time, I spend the first part of my prayer time just thinking about God’s greatness. I get my heart in the right place to make sure, that I know who I am having a conversation with. Then I have supreme faith that nothing is impossible for God.

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Massage the truth into your being today:
IAM Confident
IAM a Believer
IAM Connected to the Creator
IAM in Real Conversations with God
IAM Powerful in an Incredible Way

IAM A Child of God

GALATIANS 4:6-7 NLT And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Daddy, Dad, Poppa, Pop Pop, Abba, Appa and many other words in other language all mean the same thing: Father. I always found it so cool, that when little babies start to talk, it’s almost in the DNA to just start making the sounds for abba. It’s a part of our deep programming in our souls. Because, we are his children!

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You are God’s creation. He is our father. Your origin is in no one else. God has given you his Spirit. The spirit fills your heart and soul, and we can’t help but cry out to God. “Abba! Father!” I want to encourage you to find opportunities to worship God in any place that you can. In your shower, car, life groups, large gatherings, are all places where we get filed with the spirit of God. Just like a little baby that raises both hands to the father, reach up to God in the same way. Cry out to our father, Abba! I encourage you to find places of worship to experience the filling of the Holy Spirit and release of the cries of your heart

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Once we place our identity in who we are, we also have the power to bury who we are not. The word clearly tells us: you are no longer slaves. We are not owned by anything or anyone else, but God. You are not slaves to the sins of the past! You are not under the control of addictions or pain. You are free!

I know that there may be some that don’t know their fathers or parents. Some may think they were an accident. The circumstances of their coming into this world were not God’s plan. There are more things that are contrary to who you really are. All lies to prevent you from embracing your true identity in Christ. You are a precious child of God.

Protect your mind and heart with the truth.
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Bulletproof your mind today!
IAM a Child of God
IAM Filled with the Spirit of Christ
IAM Set Free
IAM an Heir to the Kingdom

Planetshakers – Abba Father lyrics

How great is your love for me
That you gave up your son for me
Now I am alive and free
Father I love you
Father I love you

Your love made a way for me
Into me you see
You love every part of me
Father you love me
Father you love me

Oh, the love of my father
Is deeper than any love I know
Oh, the grace that he shows me
His love overwhelming
This I know
The love of my father
The love of my father
The love of my father
The love of my father

Abba father
Your love is never-ending
There’s no other love like yours
In your presence
My heart is overflowing
Father I am yours

IAM a New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him

If someone told you that you could hit the reset button on life. If you could go back to the carefree days of your youth, no bills, drama, aching bones, grey hair, would you believe them? The secret to going back and starting over is in Christ. Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.

I love the truth that this verse shouts to us today! Anyone! That’s pretty clear. There is no room for exceptions. Every person living on this earth applies! Do you belong to Christ? Have you given your life to him? Have you surrendered control to him? This is the hard part. The miracle of becoming a new person is to reset your identity as a belonging of Christ. We have to allow Jesus to become our master. Jesus wants to write his name on your heart, so that we know who we belong to.

The outcome of that choice that we make is this: The old life has gone, and a new life has begun. I want that! I want it right now! I don’t want to be the same person I was yesterday. I don’t want to have the same troubles and drama as last week. I want to be a new person.

This membership into the “belonging to Jesus” club can’t be purchased by you. It has already been bought. It’s a choice to accept and open the gift. We can’t earn it. There is only one requirement, the accept Jesus as your savior. God gave us this gift to bring us back to him.

There is only task we have, once we belong to Jesus. Our new life, new way of operating in this world, new mind, new spirit are all granted to us for one purpose: to reconcile as many people as possible to God. To help others pass from death to life. The benefits are great and we should rejoice in them. I hope there is a sense of relief when we are living in the joy and hope of the new life if Christ.

We have become a bridge to God.

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Let’s desire that same joy and hope for everyone else who does not have it. From the day of your new birth to your last breath, you have one purpose and calling. Get as many people to accept the wonderful gift of God to become a belonging of Christ. My skin may turn wrinkly, and all my hair may fall out or turn grey, but the new life inside of me is giving me power and passion to complete my one mission and task on this earth.

Let’s reset our lives and purpose today!
IAM a Possession of Christ
IAM a New Creation
IAM Living a New Life
IAM Given a Gift from God
IAM Called for One Task

IAM Persistent

LUKE 11:9-13 NLT “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not!  So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

Don’t give up.  When you want something bad enough, then the world is going to test you how bad you want it.  How many times have you ever knocked on someone’s door?  Would it change if you knew someone was inside and you could hear them?

Was it just a little phase in your life or is it a burning passion that defines who you are?keepon_1

Expectation is an important part of our identity and prayers. Expect that the prayers will be answered.  Expect that your visions and hopes will come to pass. Instead of asking once, not hearing anything and giving up after the first little road block.  Also expect that it is going to happen because we are speaking to a Good God.

 

God is ready, willing and powerful enough to grant what you are praying for.  God wants the best for you. God wants to grant you the power of his Spirit to live in power.

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Let’s speak out our identity today:

IAM Persistent

IAM Determined

IAM a Child of a Good God

IAM Given the Holy Spirit because I ask for it.

 

I want to encourage you to take the time to read all of Luke 11.

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Let the words roll over in your mind.  Ask God to give you hope, expectation, words to pray, and the spirit to keep on asking and seeking until the prayers are answered.

 

IAM Joyful

1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18 NLT Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

ROMANS 5:3-5 NLT We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Joyfulness is much different than just being happy for a momentary time.  Joy is deeper.  Joy is a state of character and being.  It defines you and it sustains you.  Being truly joyful doesn’t come from willpower or brute force.  It comes from a proper understanding of who we are praying to.  When you wake up in the morning, are you a person filled with hope and joy?

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Always be Joyful, and the follow up is always be in prayer.  When I was a kid, I thought prayer was me quietly sitting in church with my hands clasped being quiet.  Well there are times for solemn prayer.  Let’s make prayer simple:  It’s you speaking to God, and also listening to God.

During the day, I hear about people who need prayer, I don’t need to pull my car over and pray on the side of the road, I can pray in my spirit as I am driving.  Many people do prayer walks.  These prayer walks are not just us talking to God in a one way conversation.  There are many times, we are in silence waiting to receive direction and communication from God.  Many times, I ask God to show me how I can be thankful for a bad situation.  I need to take time to calm down, and ask God to give me his eyes and understanding.  Let prayer and communication with our wonderful Creator become a habit and a part of your character.

It takes to build up a character of Joy and Faith.  Prayer is the vehicle to get there.  Prayer develops your endurance and hope.  We cannot always outsource growth and depth in prayer to someone else, just like we can’t pay someone else to go to the gym and exercise for our physical benefit.  Ask God to help you grow into a prayer warrior.  Ask God to teach you how to be in prayer, thanking Him for everything. Then when the storms and drama pop up into our lives, we will have the character and hope to overcome them without losing faith or joy.

Our character and identity in Joyfulness then becomes rooted in a love relationship with our God who we have been communicating with on a daily basis.  God doesn’t let us down like people in this world!  As we build a relationship with our faithful God, remember that is our Father.  His character is faithfulness.  If you associate disappointment with your relatives or parents, you gotta let that go.  Don’t transfer that character to God the Father.

Transformation of your character can start today.  Take one step of faith today.

Be 100% confidence in these truths about your identity

IAM Loved by God

IAM able to communicate in prayer to God

IAM Hopeful in God’s faithfulness

IAM Thankful in all Things

IAM Continuously in Prayer

IAM many many degrees beyond happy!

IAM Always Joyful

That’s the fullness of life that God wants for you, so you can change the world!

 

 

IAM in Awe of God

Isaiah 40:26 NLT Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.

There are times when my troubles and anxiety take over my mind. I get frozen in that nervous place where I lose my appetite and I just feel like throwing up. Ever been there? Yeah me too! It happens.

Today, I am reminded on the number one solution to all the worries of this world. Look up into the heavens and understand the greatness of God. God did all that. He calls out the stars by name! He made them! God’s power is so great.

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If you stop and take some time to meditate on the vastness of our world, universe and stars, it can get pretty crazy. Yeah! God did that! The next step is to know deep down inside: We have a living breathing relationship with the same God that created the heavens. In God’s greatness, God wants to know you, and speak to you, and He cares about you! If He calls the stars by name, He also knows your name. You are his precious child. Keep on looking up, and let the amazing wonder of who God is, also give you confidence of who you are in relation to the creator of the universe.

There is no one that compares to him in strength or love. Out of all the people who ever lived on this earth. Except for Jesus, there is no one that compares to God in power. That’s our God.

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Friend: instead of driving your car to work and focusing on the bad drivers and traffic. Look up. Revel in God’s beauty. Speak it out loud every moment when the problems of this world seem larger than anything else. Look up and remind yourself of the greatness of the creator who we have a relationship with, and find power to live in victory.

IAM in Awe of God’s Greatness
Nothing can compare to our God
IAM Created Uniquely for a Purpose
IAM Called by Name
IAM in a Relationship with the Creator of the Universe

An oldie but a goodie!

IAM Weak

2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now, I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

At first, it doesn’t sound powerful to admit that we are weak.  It may even sound a bit negative, but there are times in life when brute force hard work it’s going to cut it.

There are going to be times when the counter cultural approach of taking a step back, and admitting that there is nothing we can do, except fall on God’s grace is the most powerful solution.

There are many powers in this world, but there is only one Power of Christ.  I know in order to accomplish and see all the things that I truly desire in this life, the only chance I have is through the power of Jesus.  The way Jesus loved, healed, and spent time with people is the world’s greatest power.

It’s not about perfect skills learned in school or training class.

My close friend John says to me constantly “The greatest miracle is the changing of someone’s soul and the transformation of their mind.”   And I believe it.  I have zero power to do that on my own.

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So I can boast gladly about this one face:  In my own power, I am nothing.  I am an amateur among amateur.  With Jesus, I am nothing.

That’s the time when I lift my hands surrender and say, God, I need your grace to take over my weakness.  Then I am ready to let the power of Christ work through me.

The way of the world is to puff up our chest, and act like everything is ok.

The way of Jesus is to start off the day by saying: Jesus!  Your grace is sufficient for me.

I am Nothing without Jesus!  IAM powerless without God.

At first it doesn’t make sense, to run towards the things we are least confident in. Run towards the situations that will make us look weak!

But that’s where the true victory is!

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IAM Weak

IAM Nothing without Jesus

IAM Needy of God’s Grace

IAM Boasting in my inadequacies

IAM Working in the Power of Christ

IAM Forgiven Much

LUKE 7:47-50 NLT “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”  Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

I am not perfect by any means.  Far far far from it.  The joy and love that I feel when I think about the horrible things I have done and said, that have been forgiven is amazing.  I know that I have been forgiven much.  Because of that knowledge, I can only love others and my God with much love as well.

We have an opportunity to come to the savior, and fall on our knees and say, “God, I can’t do this on my own.   My own willpower is not enough!  Please forgive me, and give me strength to love you and honor you!”

God willingly forgives us and loves us.  I believe we also need to forgive ourselves.  Yes, there is a battle going on inside your heart and mind everyday.  We have won the victory already through Jesus, but we need to embrace that truth and power daily.

I want to encourage you to respond in love to God because of the amazing forgiveness we receive.  Also to respond in power because of your Faith in God has saved you.  Power & Love: both important for you daily victory!

 

I love what Jesus says to the woman: Go in peace.

Peace is having zero turmoil.  Zero unrest, zero doubts!

True peace is knowing, where you stand in Love.

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IAM Forgiven Much

IAM Clean

IAM Healed

IAM Loved Much

IAM at Peace