Our family theme for 2008 is “SIMPLIFY.” In early December 2007, I told my wife that the Johnson family will focus and aim to simplify our lives in 2008. That means eliminating activities, emails, places and things that do not aid us in achieving our ultimate family goal: Giving God the glory that He desires and richly deserves!
The act of simplication is extracted from Genesis 1:1-5, The Spiritual Principle of Organization. It is one of the seven spiritual principles taught by Pastor John A. Cherry, From the Heart Church Ministries, Temple Hills, Maryland. Being organized simplifies our lives. I learned these seven principles over 12 years ago, applied them to my life, and have watched them work over and over again.
Our 2008 family theme is so appropriate at a time like this because publishing is a tough business. It is very competitive and driven by $ales, $ales and more $ales. Being focused and keeping things SIMPLE is a distinguishing characteristic that gets overlooked by most. On this past Sunday morning, December 30th, I heard three comforting messages from three of America’s most watched pastors:
(1) Dr. Creflo Dollar reminded me that Jesus always spoke the truth, although it was not popular, and to follow Jesus requires sacrifice,
(2) Dr. Robert Schuller reminded me about the awesomeness of miracles, and
(3) Joel Olsteen provided an inspirational message about how to deal with critics and undeserved criticism.
From each of the messages above (about 15 to 30 minutes in duration each), they confirmed that it is time to allow God to do a new thing in my life and ministry. – hence, SIMPLIFY.
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
– Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)
Merry Christmas today! As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I also think of why He was born.
He was born to die. In His death, it is proven through God’s Word that He arose. When Jesus rose from His grave site, it is symbolic of us being able to rise above the situations and circumstances that hinder us. Hence, as Christians who believe that Jesus is Lord, we can rise and eliminate from our lives all of the following:
Sickness & disease,
Aren’y you delighted that Jesus was born? Celebrate Him during this advent season and know that He is the reason for this time of the year.
“AND THOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND, AND WITH ALL THY STRENGTH: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30). Our Christ-like conduct and character remain the strongest argument for our faith. Our lifestyle is a visible manifestation of our conduct and character. To Give God the Glory!, there must be a distinctively different lifestyle that will cause others to inquire about (y)our source of peace, joy, love, and positive attributes. If you honor Christ in your heart, He will be honored by your life. Distinctively different “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16). Jesus called His followers to be “salt and light.” As salt, we are to act as a preservative, penetrating the culture to help sustain what is good and right. As light, we are to counter the darkness and bring forth truth and righteousness to bear. Jesus said that we are salt and light, but He warned against losing our saltiness and hiding our light (Matthew 5:13-20). Here are two safeguards to prevent this from happening: SALT Salt is used to preserve, season, cure, or save for future use. It changes everything that it touches! Hence, a salty Christian makes others thirsty for Jesus – the water of life. Salt can be thought of as a fertilizer to promote growth and development. It is used to purify, to correct to improve conditions in its surrounding, and as a laxative to clean up messes around it. Salt as a seasoning is useless unless it is in contact with food and mixed into it. Jesus calls us to “flavor” society in His name through close involvement with people. LIGHT Light is defined as something that makes things visible or affords illumination. Without the light of God’s spirit, we will be in the dark about God’s Word. The Scriptures characterize light in many different forms but most importantly, it is meant to be visible. Secret believers need to come out of hiding and be known as disciples. Their profession of faith must become self-evident through their good works. Make a difference today in the lives of boys, girls, men, and women. Let your light shine so that they will see your good works and glorify God. Excerpt: Give God the Glory! Know God and Do the Will of God Concerning Your Life© 2001 by Kevin Wayne Johnson.