Often times we are our own worst critic in life. Low self esteem, depression, shame, guilt, and self condemnation are all a part of the great deciever's (Satan) attempt to cause us (God's children) to forget who we are (in Christ), therefor rendering us incapable of living out our primary purpose which is to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. On the flipside we can sometimes become our own biggest fan. Arrogance, selfishness, and conceit are also a part of the great deciever's plot to perpetuate identity crisis, and confusion, within the church, to prevent God's people from recognizing our frailty, potential, position, power, and purpose. Both deceptions cause us to focus on SELF, opposed to focusing on God, and people. One sure way to obliterate these lies that wish to live in our hearts and minds is to rememebr that we have a maker. If God made us, and  loves us, why is it that we can't seem to get along with ourselves? If God forgave us, how is it that we refuse to forgive ourseves? Is our standard higher than God's? No way! We are the work of God's hand, created in his likeness. To insult the creation is to insult the creator. On the flipside remember God made us, and in light of Him we are but a vapor. To just regard the creation is to disregard the creator. Let's be careful not to do either. We have a maker, He formed us, and predetermined our primary purpose in life which is to love Him (God) and to love people, thus glorifying Him (God) by multiplying His image and glory throughout all the earth. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.


A few summers ago my dad, my son, and I went to a Yankee game for Father's day. Literally everywhere we went people stopped us and marvelled at how much alike we all looked, on the subway train, at the game, and on the street. I look like my father who looks like his father, my son looks like my father and I, who likely resemble our great grandfathers and so on. We all resemble one another because we are a direct extention of one another, a multiplication of our ancestor's features, and likeness. No wonder God uses the relationship of father and son to describe His relationship with us. God made Adam and Eve in his own image, and likeness, and told them to be fruitful and fill the earth in Genesis 1:28. Fill the earth with what? Well, with the image and likeness of God through their lives and offspring. God tells Noah the same thing in Genesis 9:7. As children of God, and followers of Christ our primary purpose on the earth is to fill the earth with the image of God. We do this by living lives that reflect the light and love of God into the world, and making disciples that in turn will make more disciples who all resemble our father God. 

Genesis 1:27-28 27God created man in His own image, in the imageof God He created him; male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth...


Is there anything worse than a powerless Christian? Anything more contradictory? Once when Jesus' disciples tried to cast a demon out of man but were not successful, they asked Jesus why they were unable, and He responded that this can only be accomplished through prayer and fasting Mark 9:28-29. I've heard it said that a famous pastor who drew large crowds when asked "How do you do it?" responded "I set myself on fire, and the people come to watch me burn." Although this quote seems a bit boastful, the principle point is worth considering. It seems that the people were attracted to the supernatural life this man was living as a result of him setting himself on fire through prayer, fasting, and diligently seeking God with all of his heart, soul, stength, and mind. This kind of fire is often contagous, like when Peter preached under the power of the Holy spirit and 3,000 people were converted; the people repented, were baptized, and began to follow Jesus steadfastly (Acts 2:41)

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

"Nothing Is Impossible" CLICK HERE FOR LYRICS

Ever feel like the pressure, and demands of life are just too much? Like certain circumstances make it impossible for you to succeed or even just to survive? Raising kids, finding and or maintaining a career, cultivating and nurturing meaningful relationships, pursuing a dream, dealing with hurt, disappointments, and most importantly doing all these things in the context of living the Christian life can sometimes seem impossible. Often times the things that seem impossible actually are impossible for you and I alone, but with God nothing is impossible. The bible tells us to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. The bible tells us to make disciples. These things in the natural are totally impossible, but Jesus said that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27), and Paul said I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). So be encouraged, and know that God can and will if only we believe. 

Matthew 9:28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied.

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