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Spiritual Growth: the Spiritual Challenge of Modern Times

To grow spiritually in a world defined by power, money, and influence is a Herculean task. Modern conveniences such as electronic equipments, gadgets, and tools as well as entertainment through television, magazines, and the web have predisposed us to confine our attention mostly to physical needs and wants. As a result, our concepts of self-worth and self-meaning are muddled. How can we strike a balance between the material and spiritual aspects of our lives?

To grow spiritually is to look inward.

Introspection goes beyond recalling the things that happened in a day, week, or month. You need to look closely and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and motivations. Periodically examining your experiences, the decisions you make, the relationships you have, and the things you engage in provide useful insights on your life goals, on the good traits you must sustain and the bad traits you have to discard. Moreover, it gives you clues on how to act, react, and conduct yourself in the midst of any situation. Like any skill, introspection can be learned; all it takes is the courage and willingness to seek the truths that lie within you. Here are some pointers when you introspect: be objective, be forgiving of yourself, and focus on your areas for improvement.

To grow spiritually is to develop your potentials.

Religion and science have differing views on matters of the human spirit. Religion views people as spiritual beings temporarily living on Earth, while science views the spirit as just one dimension of an individual. Mastery of the self is a recurring theme in both Christian (Western) and Islamic (Eastern) teachings. The needs of the body are recognized but placed under the needs of the spirit. Beliefs, values, morality, rules, experiences, and good works provide the blueprint to ensure the growth of the spiritual being. In Psychology, realizing one’s full potential is to self-actualize. Maslow identified several human needs: physiological, security, belongingness, esteem, cognitive, aesthetic, self-actualization, and self-transcendence. James earlier categorized these needs into three: material, emotional, and spiritual. When you have satisfied the basic physiological and emotional needs, spiritual or existential needs come next. Achieving each need leads to the total development of the individual. Perhaps the difference between these two religions and psychology is the end of self-development: Christianity and Islam see that self-development is a means toward serving God, while psychology view that self-development is an end by itself.

To grow spiritually is to search for meaning.

Religions that believe in the existence of God such as Christianism, Judaism, and Islam suppose that the purpose of the human life is to serve the Creator of all things. Several theories in psychology propose that we ultimately give meaning to our lives. Whether we believe that life’s meaning is pre-determined or self-directed, to grow in spirit is to realize that we do not merely exist. We do not know the meaning of our lives at birth; but we gain knowledge and wisdom from our interactions with people and from our actions and reactions to the situations we are in. As we discover this meaning, there are certain beliefs and values that we reject and affirm. Our lives have purpose. This purpose puts all our physical, emotional, and intellectual potentials into use; sustains us during trying times; and gives us something to look forward to—a goal to achieve, a destination to reach. A person without purpose or meaning is like a drifting ship at sea.

To grow spiritually is to recognize interconnections.

Religions stress the concept of our relatedness to all creation, live and inanimate. Thus we call other people “brothers and sisters” even if there are no direct blood relations. Moreover, deity-centered religions such as Christianity and Islam speak of the relationship between humans and a higher being. On the other hand, science expounds on our link to other living things through the evolution theory. This relatedness is clearly seen in the concept of ecology, the interaction between living and non-living things. In psychology, connectedness is a characteristic of self-transcendence, the highest human need according to Maslow. Recognizing your connection to all things makes you more humble and respectful of people, animals, plants, and things in nature. It makes you appreciate everything around you. It moves you to go beyond your comfort zone and reach out to other people, and become stewards of all other things around you.

Growth is a process thus to grow in spirit is a day-to-day encounter. We win some, we lose some, but the important thing is that we learn, and from this knowledge, further spiritual growth is made possible.

Impossible is Just a Word

Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?

Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic.

This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.

But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.

The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this.

However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.

Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.

On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.

If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.

Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’

Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’

As of the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’

As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible after all.

You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.

Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.

On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.

Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.

Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be.

So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.

Nursepat

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The Church And Network Marketing

Jesus wanted to reach the world so He built a Network Marketing company called the Kingdom. Think about it… His first recruits were fisherman and He told them He would make them fishers of men! How do you catch fish? In a net! He recruited Networkers! These men would go out and recruit other men to join their organization, who would in turn recruit other men to join.. so forth and so on!

Peter preached one message and brought 3000 people into the organization. The bible also records that they did house parties in order to recruit new partners into the organization and it goes on to say that the Lord added to the organization daily.

Network Marketing is not a scam people, it is a system, a proven system that existed long before this day and time! So don’t tell me that Network Marketing does not work… if it worked for Jesus and it is still working…then it can work for you and me! Remember this “Ignorance is a disease that spreads among the poor and can only be cured with knowledge!”

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Some people ask for a blessing or opportunity but then don’t recognize it when it comes. God won’t give you a whole tree, he will give you an acorn. If you don’t perceive that the acorn will develop into the tree (blessing/opportunity) you asked for then you will end up throwing away the acorn and wonder why your blessing was never delivered. Learn to recognize your blessings people, they won’t look like you expect. Walking in the authority that’s been given to us to rule and reign in the earth with power and dominion, is of paramount importance in this day if we are to live our very best lives……. Nothing is impossible with Faith. Let God be your ticket to places you never thought you could go! There is no such thing as lack or poverty in Jesus Christ! Register for your FREE account today!!!

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God Is Here

I don’t always say the right thing, I don’t always do the right thing. Sometimes life sucks, but I love life and I love people. I try to see the good even though sometimes it is clouded by the bad. Often times I don’t understand, but I try not to judge or jump to conclusions. I try not to be disappointed when people let me down. I try not to fly off the handle when I’m upset. That action usually comes back to haunt me. The truth is, we all mess up, we all hurt, we all are in need of that touch, that hug, that reassurance that everything is going to be ok. As much as we try to be there for each other, no one can promise true loyalty but God. He is always there, and He really can make it alright. We are human ~ humans make mistakes. God is our eraser. He forgives and erases, and He never remembers it again. No matter how many times I fall, when I go to Him, His love for me is consistent. He is the God of do-overs. He gives second, third, fourth…. chances. So, be encouraged, don’t fear, God is here and He’s not going anywhere. You may not be able to depend on me, but you can always depend on God. As long as you are still breathing, there is always a second chance. With all my love! #HAPPYSATURDAY!

Patrice Morris

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My life is in divine order

When my mind, body and activities are in divine order, I experience light to guide my way, health to restore my body, and prosperity to supply my needs. Aligned with divine order, I am at peace with my world and in harmony with what is.

Today is the starting place for a new and perfect order. I still my thoughts in prayer, and dedicate my mind to positive and constructive expressions.

I bless my body, affirming order in every nerve, cell, organ and function. I know the reality of God’s perfection manifests in every aspect of my being.

I bless my life that it may always be in divine order for good health, good guidance and good fortune.

All things should be done decently and in order.—1 Corinthians 14:40
Bishop Craig W. Johnson

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God in the midst of me is wisdom and intelligence

Many of you know that I call myself “The Google King”. In today’s world of high-speed technology, I can quickly obtain information on any subject with the click of a button. Yet often, I am looking for more than information. I’m seeking guidance to know which decision will lead me to my highest good.

Thankfully, I have access to divine wisdom, which is far more reliable than an Internet search engine. Within me lies a great storehouse of knowledge. It is the wisdom of the Almighty. It is the wisdom of God.

When I get quiet and listen, God fills my mind with divine ideas, informs my thoughts, leads me to right action, and encourages me on my life’s journey.

Through prayer and meditation, I tap into the wisdom of God and find the answers I seek.

You will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.—Deuteronomy 4:29
Bishop Craig W. Johnson

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The word EDEN just slapped me all in my face!!!

The word EDEN just slapped me all in my face!!! I have to share with you what’s on my heart…

What does Eden mean? Does it mean fruitfulness?

If we are born again, through Jesus Christ, where does the spirit of God dwell and live? Is that dwelling place within us?

God created man from the very dust of the earth. He breathed into him the breath of life. He became a living soul. God breathed into him is purpose, his destiny, his gifts, and creativity.

Then God blessed him, and told him to be fruitful and to multiply.

The same breath was breathed into us when we received Jesus into our heart. The purpose, the destiny, the gifts, and the creativity that is down on the inside of you is not only just for you. Be fruitful and multiply upon this earth, child of God.

We are the vessels of the living God. Produce good fruit, and multiply the fruit everywhere you go. How do we do that? With everything that is within you.

If we took a bite of fruit from one another, what would the experience be?

Please share your thoughts! I want to hear from you. And if you have not confessed Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let me know. I would love to lead you to Him.

God bless you in Jesus name!

Meosha McAfee

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Now is the time for my healing, prosperity, restoration and freedom!

Living with regret about what I or others could have or should have done, or lamenting what might have been, is a waste of energy. So, too, is withholding the best me for some future date.

Now is the only time there is. I don’t linger in the hallway of life, waiting for tomorrow. I seize the present moment to be fully immersed in living and to make an effective contribution to the world. I punctuate affirmative prayers with the word now to impress upon my mind and heart that there is no delay in the Spirit.

Now is the time for healing, prosperity, and restoration; for liberation from beliefs or behaviors stuck in the past or saved for the future. Now is the time to flourish, to live life fully, to claim the full wealth of my good!

You are now the blessed of the Lord.—Genesis 26:29
Bishop Craig W. Johnson

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When I forgive, I release the past and embody the present

A closed heart cannot receive love and joy. A clenched fist cannot accept an outstretched hand. Today I give myself the gift of forgiveness, as I open my heart— myself—to living in love.

I can cling to hurtful experiences from the past or surrender them for a better life now. As I release attachment to a painful memory, I allow myself to replace pain with peace, hurt with joy.

Forgiving does not mean condoning hurtful actions. Forgiveness means releasing the pain and reclaiming my life. When I forgive, I am freed to move beyond the unchangeable past into a new experience of divine possibilities.

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you.—Colossians 3:13
Bishop Craig W. Johnson

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I am alive and alert. I am one with the One

A birdsong before dawn is music to my soul. It’s as if the bird cannot wait to greet the new day. This song calls me to wake up and get started, to welcome this day with enthusiasm and expectancy.

If I’ve become comfortable in my routine or have settled into an uninspired pattern of living, the birdsong reawakens me. As I rediscover my unlimited potential, I say “yes” to the spirit of God within me.

I am one with the One. My entire being is alive and alert, energized with possibility, awakened to new life—abundant, full and free. Like the bird that heralds the dawn, my soul rejoices in each new day.

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make melody. Awake, my soul!—Psalm 108:1
~Bishop Craig W. Johnson