“You Are My Shield”
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your Word.” — Psalm 119:114 NIV
“I hate double-minded people,
but I love your law.
You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
Away from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commands of my God!
Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.
Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
I will always have regard for your decrees.
You reject all who stray from your decrees,
for their delusions come to nothing.
All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;
therefore I love your statutes.
My flesh trembles in fear of you;
I stand in awe of your laws.”
— Psalm 119:113-120
Be Blessed to Be a Blessing!
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Give and Get in the Flow!
If you have lack of any kind: money, friends, love, joy, etc., then something is blocking the flow. There is an abundance of all that you have need of, and the best way to get it flowing into your life is to GIVE!
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
— Luke 6:38
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Christian Leadership – 10 Godly Character Traits to Overcome Negative Traits
Godly Character Traits Empower Christian Leaders
Christian leadership should set
the standard for godly character.
Not only that, Christian leaders
should be actively developing
godly character in the lives of others
within their sphere of influence.
It is no surprise that the world today is challenging, and changing, the spiritual values of young and old people alike. Morals are being shaken, and wickedness is growing more and more perverse. The Bible clearly warns that many negative character traits will increase in the last days.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
— 2 Timothy 3:1-5
The following list of negative character traits gives insight into the spirit of our times, and how that spirit is being expressed in our own behavior, thinking, and lifestyle. It gives us some things to reflect on, like a mirror to judge our own behavior with. The list also includes positive, godly character traits used to overcome the negative.
10 Godly Character Traits Overcome Negative Character Traits:
1. Genuine vs Hypocritical
A hypocritical lifestyle is almost the norm as we see people having a form of godliness and going through the religious motions, yet without a genuinely changed life. Hypocrisy is all around us and lies are being spoken to teach false doctrines.
In these perilous times, we should have a healthy fear of the perverse days we are living, and live as genuine believers with renewed minds; trusting God daily. We are not to be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2) A genuine relationship and walk with the Lord is required.
2. Love vs Selfishness
Selfishness and a self-centered, willful pursuit of sin is a common behavior as people become lovers of self. (2 Timothy 3:2) Society has a twisted value system and perspective on life. People have become lovers of pleasure more than of God.
God is love and those who do not love, do not know God. (1 John 4:8) We are to love God and love people.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself.”
— Luke 10:27 NIV
3. Honor vs Disrespect
Disrespect and disobedience to parents, and authority, is a regular part of the spirit of today; rebellion and lawlessness.
However, God tells us to obey and honor our parents. And He even promises that it will be well with us if we do. (Ephesians 6:2-3) We are to be submissive to authority and honor all people, and when we do what is right we find favor with God. (1 Peter 2:13-20)
4. Generosity vs Covetous
Covetousness is ruling the hearts of many. They want things that belong to others and they have a wrong value system. They find themselves not only fond of money, but in love with money.
On the contrary, God tells us the generous will prosper and that if we sow generously, we’ll reap generously.
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
— Proverbs 11:25 NIV
5. Humility vs Pride
Proud, haughty people, that think they are above others, are filling society. They have an ungodly pride and boast and brag of themselves. But pride comes before the fall.
When we humble ourselves before the Lord, he lifts us up. (James 4:10) Any boasting we do should be in the Lord. (Psalm 34:2)
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
— James 4:6
6. Purity vs Perversion
Perversions of all kinds are rampant today. Anything that is good and natural is being perverted. People seem to have lost their natural, God-given, healthy affection and replaced it with all that is twisted, unnatural, unholy, immoral and perverse; only to satisfy their own desires.
The Bible says in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” We are also to pursue peace and holiness with everyone, without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)
7. Encouragers vs Despisers
Despisers are in full force; belittling and treating shamefully the righteous actions of those who are doing good. They scoff, mock and ridicule them.
Our words and actions should not be discouraging, but encouraging. God teaches us over and over to encourage and strengthen one another. And we are told to do so even more so in these end times. (Hebrews 10:25)
8. Loyalty vs Traitors
Traitors, truce-breakers, and betrayers lack any sense of loyalty to the commitments of friendship. They are untrue to their promises and can’t be trusted to keep their word. They are liars and false accusers.
Loyalty on the other hand is a mark of true friendship. Proverbs 18:24 tells us there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Loyalty, truth, and honesty are godly characters that lead to success. Those who can be trusted with a little can be trusted with much. (Luke 16:10)
9. Gratitude vs Entitlement
An entitlement attitude has taken over and in turn people feel they are owed everything. And on top of that, unthankfulness is sadly ruling the hearts and lives of many. These people ungratefully and unthankfully take advantage of others. And the thing is, this combination of entitlement and unthankfulness is a guaranteed formula for failure.
Gratitude is the attitude of success. It is the grateful and thankful people, that keep their hearts turned toward God, they are the ones who rise to the top. As Christians, we have the ultimate reason to be grateful: for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Therefore we should give God acceptable worship with reverence and awe. (Hebrews 12:28)
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
— Ephesians 5:20 ESV
10. Faith vs Deceit
Deceived and wondering: Are you one that is giving heed to seducing spirits and being led astray from the truth? Take a strong, reflective look at yourself to make sure you haven’t become headstrong in some areas. Is your mind darkened, your thinking reckless, and possibly your pride blinding you? Is your inner conscience seared – is your inner sense of right and wrong fading? Are you losing your sensitivity to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit through continued sin? Are you backsliding and rejecting God’s plan for your life and experiencing a departure from the faith?
Make basic biblical foundational teachings part of your everyday study and meditation. Renew your mind and grow your faith. Keep your trust in God daily and live by faith!
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
— Hebrews 11:6
“The just shall live by faith.”
— Romans 1:17
No doubt about it: Character development comes from discipline and it takes time and dedication; and it needs to be continually cultivated throughout our lives. We must examine ourselves and refuse to let the these negative character traits into our lives. Christian leaders must allow change from the Lord in every area, so that they can minister to others and be a positive example of Christian leadership.
May you be a Christian Leader that abounds with godly character and growing prosperity!
Soar higher in Him,
P.S. This article was inspired after reading notes I took from a leadership meeting about character development. We discussed some negative character traits mentioned in Frank Damazio’s book “The Making of a Leader.” (I have not yet read the book, but it was highly recommended.)
Tithe Rap Video – A Fun Look at the Important Principle of Tithing!
Tithe Rap Video
Here is a fun video that takes a look at the important principle of tithing.
As Christians we are often way to serious, and we have to remind ourselves to lighten up and have a good laugh once in awhile!
“God loves a cheerful giver.”
— 2 Corinthians 9:7
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…and prove me now, saith the Lord, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
— Malachi 3:10
Enjoy this video and Have a Blessed Day!
P.S. If you are looking for an excellent resource on tithing, you’ll want to check out “The Path To Wealth.”
Psalm 23 Recited By Two Year Old Twins – Video
Two Year Old Twins Memorize Bible Chapter
These cute little 2 year old British twins have memorized Psalm 23. Watch as they recite it in this video.
“The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”
— Psalm 23
As someone commented on the video:
“This is good for ones soul. Out of the mouths of babes…”
Enjoy and be encouraged!
Bible Promises Quiz – Can You Answer These 7 Power Promises from the Word?
A Quiz to Help You Draw Power From the Word!
and waiting at this very moment
for each one of us to tap into.
If we all can use extra wisdom,
help, strength, faith, and so on,
then the real question is…
Why are we not tapping into this great power source that has been provided for us?
Good question – huh? Even if you are already drawing on the power of the Word, chances are it is not in the measure it should be. I encourage you today, as I encourage myself, to dig in and fill up!
Check out these seven great Bible promises. See how many of the blanks you can fill correctly. Give yourself an extra point for each blank you answer without looking at the choices.
Quiz – Can You Answer These 7 Bible Promises?
1. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you _______.” (Jesus in Matthew 11:28)
2. “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful… Whatever he does shall _______.” (Psalm 1:1,3)
A. is forgiven
C. will fail
D. pleases God
3. “Call unto me, and I will _______ you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
A. come to
B. always help
4. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in _______, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13)
5. “And we know that _______ things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
6. “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, _______on these things…and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
7. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be _______.” (Matthew 5:4)
Answers to the Bible Promises Quiz:
1. D – Rest
The solution to tension is trust. Jesus invites us to bring all our problems to Him. In exchange, He offers an end to turmoil and stress. When our task seems to hard, we need to invite the Lord to help. His presence will enable us to work in relaxed efficiency.
2. B – Prospers
Going God’s way helps us prosper and ensures that He will give what is best for us. Drop all thoughts of failure, and believe that what you attempt in faith will prosper.
3. C – Answer
God not only hears our sincere prayers, He answers them. We must listen for His answer and look for His guidance.
4. B – Hope
To hope is simply to look forward in faith. Discover how much easier life becomes when you face it with hope. Today, say and think only hopeful things.
5. A – All
God is working in all the things that happen to us. Nothing is outside His loving purpose. Believe that, and remind yourself and others daily.
6. C – Think
Again and again the Bible urges us to think, to focus on positive things. The result? God’s own peace. (Verses 7 and 9) Write down five things that are good and thank God for them every day.
7. A – Comforted
The deepest solution to bereavement is God’s tender comfort. From the loss of a loved one to the loss of a job, He can transform any mourning by His understanding presence.
How Did You Do?
- 4-5 points, Good Job
- 6-7 points, Great Job
- 8-14 points, Excellent!
Conclusion: Commit these Scripture verses to memory. Draw on the power and practical wisdom they hold. Let these seven Bible promises from the Word of God empower you.
May you tap into the great power source of God’s Word and live a life of growing prosperity!
Be blessed to be a blessing –
p.s. how did you do? leave a comment and post your results…