You Cannot Outgive God’s Love!

Summary: Have you ever wanted something in life, but maybe seemed too big to ask? God loves to answer those prayers! Do not let, doubt or feeling of unworthy stop you!

I remember when my brother went to college he had received a nice scholarship to go to the University of Detroit Mercy.

I also remember my dad being grateful, but asked for more.  A simple phone call turned into an extra $8,000 in scholarship money.

James 4:2-3 says, 

You do not have because you do not ask.You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

I wonder how often this has been my thought.  I am grateful for what God has given me, but I know there is more out there.

Earlier today, I was resting in declaring God’s faith, hope and love to the world in a 1,000x measure. I began thinking, “Is this too much?”

I felt God say, “You cannot out give my love Marc.”

How encouraging!

I will always be learning, but a key to experience more of God is be a blessing to others. God did not intend to give you a gift to keep to your self.

When I give back to the Kingdom of Heaven financially, I like to do as soon it comes in. It helps me recognize the money is not mine, but God’s.

A similar principle with spiritual gifts applies. When I receive a spiritual gift, I am learning to give it away as soon as I can.

This promotes a humility and not pride.

Prayer: Abba Father, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have given me so I can be a blessing to others. Holy Spirit, I pray you stir in every reader a desire to be a blessing to others and teach them how to do so. In Jesus name! Amen!

Application and Comments: How can you be a blessing to others? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

 

How to Multiply the Kingdom of God

Summary: Be being thankful for what we have, we can then multiply it to advance the kingdom of God!

Recently, I did a post on declaring God’s truths into the atmosphere while at work.

I would ask the Father what was on His heart and then release it into the atmosphere!

It would look something like this, “In Jesus name, I declare and release God’s redemption to Ohio.”

I thought that was pretty cool that I could do that and then God helped me to take it a step further!

The word multiplication began to bubble up inside of me. So I began multiplying what was on the Father’s heart!

Example: Thank you for the redemption you have shown me in my life and in Jesus name, I declare and release God’s redemption in a tenfold fashion over Ohio.”

It didn’t stop there! I thought God wanted more and I went up to 100x God’s redemption over Ohio!

This is following God’s commandment to us to “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).

It really is a simple process and we can use Jesus as our example when he multiplied the fish and bread.

Matthew 14:19 says, Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.

Notice it was when he gave thanks that when the multiplication occurred. It is about being thankful no matter how small or insignificant something may seem.

Here is an testimony from my own life.

Last year, I was thinking about financial breakthrough and there was a penny on the ground.

I felt the Holy Spirit say pick it up and say thanks! So I did! Next thing I knew I found a dime. It clicked that was a ten fold financial breakthrough! Then it snowballed into larger area amounts.

Later in the year, there was a $15,000 debt I incurred. I went back to the penny moment and applied the principle of giving thanks.

4 and half months later I was debt free with less than $10,000 of income coming in and being laid off from work two weeks after finding out about the debt!

A true miracle. Praise God!

And it started with giving thanks over a penny!

So the next time you have a thought of having a little of something, stop and be thankful!

Only have a little bit of joy in life, Great. Be thankful.

Only have a few friends in life, Awesome. Be thankful.

Only have seen God’s goodness a tiny bit in your life. Sweet! Be thankful.

And then multiply it to those around you and it shall come back to you!

Prayer: Father, thank you for the gift of multiplication that you have shown me. In Jesus name, I declare and release the gift of multiplication to every reader. Holy Spirit, help us be good stewards of this gift to advance the Kingdom of God and to destroy the works of the enemy. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

Application and Comments: What has God given in your own life in a small amount? How can you be thankful for it and then multiply it out to your family, neighborhood, city, nation and world? I would love to hear your stories in the comments below!

How Holy Spirit Can Inspire Your Daily Life

Summary: How checking in with God at least a few times a day can help make sure we are following His plans for our lives.

 

The Holy Spirit is an incredible encourager that can make daily life fun!  Today I want to write about how developing a routine of spending time with God that helps keeps us grounded in everyday life and is enjoyable!

It was a few months ago, I felt frustrated with my prayer life. I had been reading and meditating the Word, worshipping, praying in the Spirit and many other things. At times, it felt arduous and like I was earning God’s love by doing these routines. I knew something had to change.

There were areas of life that I did not feel I was submitting to God. I had a sense the answers would come in getting in a consistent routine of spending time with God.

So I began waking up earlier in the morning to have one on one time with God and no distractions.

I felt Holy Spirit begin to lessen the amount of the Word that I was reading and reduce the amount of time I would pray in the Spirit.

Naturally, I would say to Him, “But I want to do more!”

Holy Spirit, “I appreciate that, but this is for the best. This is a long marathon and not a sprint”

At times the process felt slow, but I feel less and less I am striving for God’s love and just resting in it.

Later, He would add a morning devotional book by Charles Stanley I had received in the mail from an unknown person (Who are you mysterious person!? Reveal yourself!). Also, He added back singing worship songs.

This morning routine helps to center myself in letting God lead and not Marc.

Then there is a time in the afternoon and evening  I spend with God as well.

This provides at least 3 check ins throughout the day that I can spend time with the Creator of the Universe and cast all my cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7).

I have had people say, “Marc, how can you have peace in your life right now, with all that you have been through?”

My answer, “God has given me a vision of where He is leading me. I do my best not to get caught up in life circumstances.”

Real Life Example:

A recent example I have, is not getting getting paid for 5+ weeks from work due to an error. Was it frustrating at times? Yes. Did I get angry at times? Yes. Did I stay in a place of blaming God? No!

These 3 main check ins throughout the day have provided a way to rest in God when it seems like my world is falling apart.

The peace I experience from spending time with God is more valuable than a paycheck.

And remember what works for me may or may not work for you. Use trial and error! The Holy Spirit would love to help you!

Prayer:

Father, I thank you for all you are doing in every reader’s life. And Holy Spirit I pray you stir up in every reader a desire to spend time with you on a daily routine basis. Let them know how much You want to spend time with them.  I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

Comments:

I would like to hear from you as well! How do you spend time with the Creator of the Universe throughout the day? I would love to hear! Please share below.

Finishing What You Start

Most of my life, I start things but never finish them.

Probably, the most prominent example of this in my life is my goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which means I need to run a marathon in under 3:05.

Back in 2013, I ran four marathons and got closer each time. Charleston Marathon 3:22. Toledo Marathon 3:09. Traverse City Marathon 3:09. And the oh so close Columbus Marathon in 3:07. Then my depression got the best of me and I stopped running.

What happened? Well, I got scared of accomplishing a goal of mine.

The good news is that God will NEVER give up on you. Even when you don’t feel like you can go any further the Holy Spirit will push you through.

Phillipians 1:6 states, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”.

There has been many times during my depression that I wanted to give up. But each time, God was pushing me along telling me that He had a plan for my life. I didn’t understand it, but I kept pushing forward.

Now I am excited to say that I will be starting an internship at my local church next year. It’s a place that has invested so much in me, and I now look forward to giving back.

God has a plan each for each and everyone of His children. I pray that you take that first step and ask God what to show you what it is. It might just change your eternal future.

Addicted To Joy

It was about this time last year when God gave me a first glimpse of what true joy feels like.

I can remember it very well. I was at United Dairy Farmers and when I when I swiped my debit card I felt a surge of energy that I had not experienced before.

Since that moment, I have not experienced that feeling, but I now I know it is there. I cling to that moment in my moments of depression. I cling to that promise from God that I am just scratching the surface of this unchartered territory into joy.

As believers, we should all be living lives full of so much joy that it spills over to the people that we encounter. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Whether you are aware of it or not, God has a plan for your life. It’s the best plan. It’s a plan that will fill your life with so much joy that you can’t wait to give it away.

We can change our world if we find all find our joy. I know too many people that are going through the motions of life. They wake up, go to work, come home, have dinner, have a beer and call it a day. There is so much more to life than that.

If you have never asked God to show you His plan for your life, I encourage you to do so. I gurantee it will start you onto the path to a life of joy. Let us be part of that remnant that can change the world.

 

The (Subtle) Issue with Tradition

There is nothing wrong with tradition in itself. There is nothing wrong with meeting with the family for holidays. There is nothing wrong with wanting to pass down certain family traditions to the next generation.

The (subtle) issue becomes when it gets in God way of His purpose for a person’s life. The tradition becomes a pedastal that is higher than God.

What if someone like a David would have followed the way of his family?  He would have missed God’s best. What if someone like an Abraham would have followed tradition? He would missed God’s best.

What if someone like Mary would have said, “Nope God, the only way to have a baby is with a man and a woman!”.  She would have missed God’s best.

You see certain traditions were meant to be broken. Too often not only the good traditions get passed down, but also the not so good ones. How about the tradition of jealousy or anger or selfishness or perfectionism in a family?

If we hang onto certain traditions, we may just miss God’s best plan for our lives. If you are having a nudging from God to go a different way than your family, I pray that you have the courage to follow through. It may just be that God has something awesome prepared for you!

Living a Manageably Depressed Life and How to Break Free

As I continue to see my depression lift, I have been struck over how I really believe that I I have lived a “managebly depressed” life for the first 24 years of my life.

I say managebly depress because I believe there are a large majority of people just going through the motions of life and they live their lives based off of the media and not the Word of God.  I know I sure did.

If you were to ask me two years ago “How am I doing?,” I would have replied, “Great! I got a well paying job. Just bought my first house and I have two friends that help pay the mortgage. And great friends.” While that was true, on the inside I was miserable, but I couldn’t place my finger on it. And I sure didn’t want to talk about my issues.

It wasn’t until about this time last year until God gave me a glimpse of joy. I had heard about joy, but I can say I didn’t experience it until last year. It was when I bought an ice cream and when I went to pay for it that I felt this energy radiate throughout my body.

Not accustomed to that feeling, I was spooked out by it I ventured back to my “safe zone” (which really wasn’t that safe).

I wonder how many of us live our lives in the safe zone. We have one foot in the Kingdom of God, but one foot in the secular world. We are afraid to live out God’s purpose for our lives.

Just my personal opinion, but I believe there are many people that go to work each day just to earn a paycheck. I can see it on their faces. If they would be honest with themselves, they wouldn’t be there if they didn’t have to be.

The good news is there is a way out. Just repent of your sins and ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and make Him your personal Savior. Then step back as God reveals His awesome plan for your life.

Then your “work” will no longer become just a place to earn a paycheck, but it will have purpose because you know you are doing what God has called you to do.

God is a good God that wants so much more than for you to “just earn a paycheck”!

God Has a Plan For Your Life, Part 2

During this blog post, I would like to take the time to those who may seem like they are “floundering” in life.

It’s to those people that may seem like they have it all together, but still feel like something is missing. It may also be to the person that is out of work and the weight of this world is closing in on them.

Wherever you are, it is my prayer that this will be an encouragement to get on God’s plan for your life and stop surrendering to the world.

First, I know that there may be some very fine salesmen that may be reading this post. You may have accumulated a lot of money over the years, but no matter how much wealth you acquire there feel like something is missing.

Next, to those recent college graduates who may be looking to start their career. You have made through college “successfully”, but still lack a sense of direction in life.

Finally, to the person that has been entrenched in their career for years, and seems scare to venture out of the norm and onto God’s plan for their life.

All three of these types of people may haven’t different circumstances in life, but they have a commonality, they are out of God’s will for their lives.  With that comes stress, depression, feelings of lack and other insercurities.

Getting on God’s plan will give you the “fruit of the spirit:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness:

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to on God’s plan for your life. Just a simple prayer. Just say:

Lord Jesus, I know I have been of your will for many years. I don’t know what you have planned for me, but I know it is the best. I repent of my sins, come into my life and transform.

A simple prayer like that could just transform your life. Just sit back and watch God bring heavenly connections into your life.

I know He will. He did it for me and He will do it for you.

I still marvel that God has called me to preach and used my favorite preacher, Charles Stanley, to help call out His will for my life.

I’ve posted this before, but it’s worth posting again.  Here it is and God bless!

God Has a Plan For Your Life, Part 1

Have you ever stopped to think that God has a plan for your life? I know it was something that boggled my mind my entire life. I can remember thinking, There are 7 billion people on this planet. How could God possibly have a plan?

I know my thoughts were something like:

I just help to sell insurance. I’m not capable of doing God’s work. I don’t even want to allow God into my life. I can live this life on my own power and strength.

Well I can remember that it was June of 2013 when I finally surrendered to God’s plan for my life. And it was at a time when things were going seemingly well in my life. I just bought my first house, first “big boy” job, dream relationship and just finished running my third marathon of the year.

I can remember praying: Heavenly Father, as great as everything is in my life, I still feel like something is missing in my life. Show me what it is.

And that was it. Nothing more and nothing less. It was a simple prayer.

Little did I know that when I had my wisdom teeth taken out a few weeks later that the anesthesia would help to send me into the deepest of depressions that would lead to a suicide attempt 9 months later.

As a look back at the past few years, I can see why God allowed that to happen in my life. It now allows me to relate with people that are in a deep recession.

I believe I am being called to preach at some point in my life (I will cover that in my next blog). Could you imagine if I was being called to preach and not being able to relate to people that are in a depression?

Approximately 700,000 people attempt suicide every year, approximately 30,000 complete that suicide attempt each year and about 30 million live in depression. And that is just in the United States!

Now I will be able to relate with depressed people that are attempting to end their life. But the first step involved me getting on God’s plan.

The next blog will cover reaching out to those people that may be floundering in life and may not even know it.  It is the people that go to work with no real purpose or passion for what they do in order to “make a living”. God Bless!

Restoration God

Yesterday’s blog post was about how God was (figuretively) leading me from being a catepillar to a butterfly. Today, I want to talk about the God of Restoration.

You see when I was in the “cocoon” phase, God asked me to do a lot of things that were uncomfortable in the moment. From walking away from certain relationships to starting to tithe my income, it seemed that God was taking from me.

At the time, I didn’t understand that the same God that takes away can restore as well!

Psalm 51:12 says:

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

You see when God brings you through the valley it is never His intention to leave you there. It is ALWAYS His purpose to bring you through to the other side.  What is on the other side?

Galatians 5:22 says:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Now about this time last year, God gave me a small glimpse of what this new life would be like.  It lasted for about a day.  During the day, I treated myself to an ice cream cup.

And a funny thing happen.

When I swiped my debit card to pay for the ice cream, I felt this radiating joy spread throughout my body. For those of you that know me, spending any kind of money use to always be a painful task for me to do. I was so uptight about even spending a dollar.

If you are in a valley season right now, my encouragement to you today is to keep pressing on.  You know what your dreams and desires are. You may even know what God’s will is for your life. God not only wants to, but WILL see you through to the other side.