One of the greatest stories of triumph over a seemingly impossible barrier was when Joshua led Israel into the land of promise and to the city of Jericho. This was a city that was the most fortified city in the land. It seemed that there was no way to penetrate the walls of Jericho or conquer th ..
The Apostle Paul faced setbacks. He faced some of the greatest difficulties in recorded Christian history. Yet he did not turn away and make excuses for those troubles. He simply said he would forget what was behind him and press forward! There is a lot of truth to the playground chant: "Win ..
Just as surely as success begins with an attitude, failure begins with an attitude. Failure does not begin when what we have done does not succeed. Failure begins by saying, "I quit." Thomas Edison tried 10,000 experiments on one idea—none of which produced the results he wanted. Yet h ..
Attitudes, not circumstances make the difference for those who overcome even the toughest situations. God made us to be winners. And we will be as long as we choose to nurture an attitude that releases the power of God instead of one that keeps us confined to fear and failure. Possibly the m ..
One of the most dangerous conditions of the heart is offense. Offense will distract us from our God-given course. David said: "Give ear to my prayer, O God; and do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted, becau ..
Our first priority is to focus on the task which God has assigned to us, whatever it is. Then, we must make frequent "checks" along the way. We must be certain that we have not allowed something that is second or third in importance, take first place. We must pay close attention to what we d ..
What does it mean to be a disciple? The dictionary defines the word "disciple" as a disciplined one. The Apostle Paul was this kind of disciple. He said, "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be di ..
We will never hit the bull's eye until we know what the target is. The kingdom of darkness designs distractions to detour us from our course, to get us off track. If he gets us off course—focused on something other than our assignment—he doesn't have to be concerned about whether we ..
In order to live a joyful and meaningful life, we must possess a God-given vision, a strong purpose that directs us on our journey through life. Without a cause we lose our motivation. We will go through life simply existing. Life without a God-given purpose is meaningless. Proverbs 29:18 sa ..
The kingdom of darkness often uses distractions to detour us from our God-given purpose. Distractions are meant to get us involved in anything other than what God wants us to do. The devil's aim is to distract us from God's way of life. Paul warns believers in Second Corinthians 2:11 about t ..