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Rewards of Diligence

And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Luke 2:51-52
Jesus increased in wisdom, stature and favor as He grew. As you and I grow in Christ, we mature spiritually as well. One of the characteristics of Jesus’ maturity we are pursuing is wisdom. Wisdom attracts the favor of GOD.

Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, through which discernment can develop in a growing believer. There are seven pillars of wisdom, or underlying kingdom principles that under gird what wisdom does.

The fourth pillar, which we will talk about now, is diligence. Diligence is showing perseverance at whatever is undertaken. It is characterized by steady, earnest and energetic work. Diligence in the Biblical sense is a persevering application of the Word of God. Not only does diligence mean “faithful, steady, consistent work at something you refuse to…

God's Direction

"Who...called us...not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace,"
2 Timothy 1:9
It is not up to God to create a destiny for you. It is up to you to discover the destiny that has already been created for you. When you walk in your destiny, you will have peace, prosperity, joy and fulfillment. But what will lead you down a path of destruction and death is the walk of the flesh. The flesh can only satisfy for a moment. The Bible states, "The pleasures of sin [are] for a season," (Hebrews 11:25). This kind of lifestyle will cloud your vision, make you lose your focus, and miss your destiny.

God desires to lead you into righteousness and goodness. Psalms 35:27 declares, "Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant." Many times we evaluate our life by measuring it to others, instead of the Word of God. We think that nothing will go our way, because our self-image does not appear to be changed. Our cir…

The Cycle

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9 A struggle or trouble is not a one-time event. It is cyclical. Some things come in cycles. Life can teach us many things and I have learned that life is nothing but a series of cycles. I can tell my future by looking at the past. It is not something we like to hear, but it is true—history repeats itself. Cities, names, and factors my be different, but the story-line is the same.
You might change churches, but too often we find the same mess we just left. I have discovered that no matter how hard you try, you cannot change certain events in your life, no matter how much faith you have. It takes more than faith to walk through the struggle than to be delivered from it. I may not be able to stop things from happening, but I can do something about my gratitude towards it. It really does not matter what you go through…

What are the Characteristics of Discernment?

Beloved, in this season, the people of God are going to experience unprecedented favor! We are examining the Word of God to discover what He favors, and bringing ourselves into alignment with the Word of God. When we bring ourselves and our lives into agreement with God’s Word, we are positioned to receive His favor – triple favor!Are you ready? I hope so, because God is at work, and He has chosen you for such a time as this!

"And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."
Luke 2:51-52


Jesus increased in wisdom, stature and favor as He grew. As you and I grow in Christ, we mature spiritually. One of the characteristics of Jesus’ maturity we should strive to model is wisdom. Wisdom attracts the favor of GOD. Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, through which discernment can develop in a growing believer. Discernment is …

Failproof Faith

"For if ye do these things, ye shall never fall." 2 Peter 1:10b The author of this book is the apostle Peter. It strikes me funny that he is the one who writes this. It is obvious that he learned through experiences, for he was the one who (in my opinion) struggled the most to stand. He loved God, he followed God, he gave to God, he forsook all, but he struggled in the end to stand. Is this not the real issue in your life, as well?  I am not talking about your love for God or your obedience to God; I am talking about your ability to stand. When Jesus warned Peter about his denial, Peter guaranteed Jesus that he would have his back. When we are faced with real pressure from our peers and the world, we struggle to stand. But how can you go through and not fall? Peter was the perfect portrait for most people.
His name was Simon, which means, "water." Water is unstable (taking on the shape according to its environment) in terms of an element. But Jesus renamed him, Pet…

Restoration of the HEART

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18 (KJV)

God and His Word has a lot to say about relationships, connection, intimacy, bonding, and sex. In relationship connections, we find comfort, safety and nurturing that allows us to develop as a whole person. Truly loving others maturely and not becoming co-dependent comes from loving and respecting ourselves first which only comes from “wholeness” through intimate relationship with God!

Statistics have shown that happiness is correlated to the cultivation and experience of stable, healthy relationships. When you have healthy relationships and feel loved and accepted for who you are, you are much more likely to be a healthy, happy person. Connection is the key to happiness. God wants us to be happy, and experience the joy of whole, secure relationships. Let’s go a little deeper into the issues surrounding relationship connections: the issues of bonding and attac…