by Latricia C. Bailey
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”
Ephesians 1:18 NIV
Have you ever just closed your eyes and meditated? With all the hustle and bustle of the activities of the day, it can be difficult to just silence the noises around us. There’s a saying that the eyes are the windows to your soul. The soul is where your mind, will, and emotions are. Our thoughts and our decisions and feelings dictate what we do in life. For the unsaved person, there is no real direction or purpose to fulfill. For the saved person who has decided to commit his or her soul to the Lord, there is a hope and purpose predetermined by God already. Sometimes we look to others to explain the mysteries of life and reasons why we are here. The book of Ephesians explains and encourages us as believers to understand that we have an inheritance from the Lord and are entitled to wealth and riches in heaven.
You may be wondering how to have access to this inheritance. Continue reading
by Tammy Phillips
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
Galatians 1:10 (NLT)
A husband and wife told me that they were notorious for ruining family gatherings because they took turns falling out in the floor drunk. But once they had an encounter with Jesus, they slowly but surely stopped drinking. However, some family and friends, for years, expected this couple’s past behavior to continue. The couple had to continuously walk straight and at times, speak up for themselves. They were no longer the people they had been.
Paul would have understood their dilemma. He was a New Testament mass murderer, zealously pursuing Jesus’ disciples. But he met Jesus on the Damascus Road, experienced intense discipleship and moved on in the ministry God had prepared before he was born (vs. 15). He was aware that his reputation was before him. But in verses 23-24, Paul stated, Continue reading
by Kristen M. Green, MBA
For those of us that are stuck in the place of deliberation, stuck hypothesizing the possibility; there is a remedy. I, yes I, have been stuck. There were many days that went by after I had written out this book, by hand, that I would not start the process of typing it. I blamed being tired, I blamed not having the money to edit/publish once I finished typing, and I blamed the fact that no one would buy it or read it. But eventually the registration of those thoughts/questions in my head got cancelled. I knew that this journey was mine to live and to write. This book is my place called next. It was not my job to determine what would happen when I got there. I just had to get there. So I started to type again; because this place was purposed in my mind. Just like your place called next. It is purposed in your mind. Continue reading
by Celeste Johnson
What is my purpose? This question plagues so many people today. And to be honest many of the people who don’t know become paralyzed because they don’t have the answer. If you fall into this category, you are not alone. You must first realize and accept that everyone and everything created by God has a purpose on this earth. That means you absolutely have a purpose and a reason why you were born and why you’re still here. God would never waste Himself or His time allowing you to enter in the earth without meaning or destiny.
Once you accept this fact, Continue reading