Quit Speaking Dumb, Negative Stuff

Let’s start speaking God’s blessing.

I went to a rural school in Hixson, Tennessee. It was a small school, and so when the yearbooks came out, we all signed each other’s. There were three kids in our school who would sign the same sappy quote every year. These kids were Catholic, and so I thought it was just a Catholic inspirational quote. It said, “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you peace.”

For years, every time I saw or heard that saying, I’d think, That’s a Catholic saying. Then I went to Bible school and realized it’s an actual Bible scripture from Numbers chapter six! Who knew? I didn’t, but evidently, those Catholic kids did!

Here’s what Numbers 6:22-27 (KJV) says, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Now listen, that’s not a sappy bumper sticker saying. That’s an actual blessing that God instructed someone to speak over a whole nation of people so that He could make it happen for them. Basically, God told Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to speak this blessing over Israel because I want to do something for them. I always watch over My Word to perform it, but you have to speak it out first. So here’s what you need to say.”  

A lot of people are crying out to God, “When are you going to bless me? When are you going to bless my family? When are you going to bless my business?” Well, He’ll bless all those things when you begin to speak His Word over them. God watches over His Word to perform it, but first you have to say it. Let’s start speaking God’s blessing so that He can start making it happen in our lives! 

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The Take Away:

Train yourself to speak blessing instead of cursing, complaining, and griping. Quit speaking dumb, negative stuff over yourself, and start speaking God’s blessing!  If you want to have the blessing of God active in your life, in your family, in your job, and in everything you’re involved in, speak God’s Word out of your mouth. Say, “I’m more than a conqueror! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I have the mind of Christ! The Greater One lives in me, and He puts me over every single time!”

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Friday Funny : Don’t Know What to Say

Listen as Joe shares how stuff is just gonna happen.

The devil is always going to take a run at you. And sometimes, it can almost make you numb. Sometimes a crisis can leave us almost speechless.

When those times come, we need to make sure we have God’s Word in our mouth. We need to be saying the things God says.

The Bible says that God will always provide a way of escape for us. When we come through the rough times, we will have a great testimony.

Remember to Praise God, even when the times get tough!

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Building Your Marriage

Do you have any habits that are marriage busters?

It’s important to make sure that we’re building our marriage relationship, but it’s also important to make sure we don’t have habits that are tearing it down. 

The Take Away:

Making your relationship with God a priority will be more beneficial to your marriage than any other single thing you can do and that’s because the rest will come from this first step.

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It Takes Wisdom and Work to Have a Great Marriage

Did you know that just having a right heart won’t make you successful?

Your heart can be right but if don’t have knowledge, it’ll mess up your life.

It’s normal for couples who are young and in love to tie the knot and expect to live happily ever after. Even though they love each other and their hearts are right, many times their heads are empty. They know absolutely nothing about marriage and how to make it work. As a result, a few years into the marriage it’s easy for them to become disillusioned and think their marriage is a failure because they’re not experiencing the “happily ever after” vision they had when they first got married.

Just because you’ve found the “one” doesn’t mean you’ll have a great marriage. It takes wisdom and hard work. Couples need to get in the Word and find out what God says about marriage, learn what it means to be a husband or a wife, and learn how to grow and work together in their relationship.

Successful marriages don’t happen overnight. And just because you hit a few bumps in the road doesn’t mean your marriage is a failure. Great marriages take a lot of love, patience, forgiveness, and perseverance. They are built through an ongoing, lifelong process.

Take the time to invest in your marriage. It’s well worth the effort. Having a happy, strong, successful marriage is possible, and it’s God’s will for you!

The Take Away

God’s Word is the instruction manual for life. Gaining knowledge from God’s Word on marriage and also from other resources, such as books, seminars, and podcasts, will help you understand how to grow together and work together as a team.

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Friday Funny: I Dont Need You

NEWS FLASH! MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT

We all know that men and women are different. God made us that way.
What is more unusual, is how He designed us to be attracted to people who are opposites.

It is safe to say that if you or I had made the decision, we would have done things differently.
We would have probably created people to be attracted to others just like them.
God had a better plan. Bring people together that see things totally different.
Listen as Joe shares how our differences are what makes us stronger.

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Encourage Yourself

We all go through times where it seems there’s no one around to pat us on the back and tell us how wonderful we are and what a great job we’re doing. It’s during those times that we need to know how to encourage ourselves.

In 1 Samuel chapter 30th the Bible relays an incident where David was having a pretty bad day!

While he and his men were away, their enemies invaded the town they were living in, set it on fire, and took all their wives and kids captive.
There was no one around to encourage David. In fact, David’s men blamed him for what had happened and wanted to kill him!

David could have gotten depressed and let the situation defeat him, but he chose to do something else instead. The Bible says that “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6 KJV).

Parents, when your kids are having a bad day—maybe someone talked bad about them, or they didn’t make the basketball team—teach them how to encourage themselves. Teach them that the best way to encourage themselves is to quote scriptures: “Greater is He that’s in me” (1 John 4:4).  “I can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

The Take Away

Training your children to encourage and affirm themselves is a major key to living a happy, successful life. It will buoy them up to the top of any situation that tries to drag them down.

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Friday Funny: God Bless You!

Listen as Joe shares about early marriage to his late-wife Denise.

To say the least, it wasn’t what he thought it was going to be. After a few very-rough years, the two of them finally learned the first thing they were going to have to do is shut their mouths.

After learning to stop the negative from spewing out, they had to learn to start speaking the positive.

It was a journey. A journey that eventually led to a happy marriage. If applied, God’s Word will always work.

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Write the Vision

God believes in writing things down.

He wrote down His thoughts, examples, ideas, plans, and purposes. He called that book The Bible! The Bible is a book filled with God’s vision.  

Psalms 139:16 talks about God also having a book in heaven that has things written in it about us. If God thinks it’s important to write things down, then we should too! The first step we need to take when we God gives us a vision is to write it down. Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV) says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Writing the vision down helps you remember what the vision is. It also gives you the “big picture” view to keep in front of you as you plan smaller goals to achieve it. 

Habakkuk 2:2 also emphasizes that when you write the vision, make it plain If it’s not clear to you or other people that God may join together with you, you’ll have problems trying to run with it. Make sure the vision is written plainly enough so that everyone involved can understand it. 

The Take Away

When God speaks to you, write it down. Use your smart phone, your iPad, a journal, or a 3-ring notebook and write down the things God says to you and the vision He gives you. Write out scripture verses like Ps. 139:16-17, Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 33:3, just to name a few, and personalize them by inserting your name in the verses. Make it a habit to regularly read the vision God has given you and also read the personalized scriptures He shows you. As you do, it will build faith in your heart so that you can put action to your vision and run with it! Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision is just passing the time. A vision with action can change the world.

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Friday Funny: You’re Getting Kinda Portly

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One of greatest teachings Jesus ever gave was in Matthew 23:11. Jesus was speaking to the crowds and to his disciples when he talked to them about being a servant.

Jesus told the people “The greatest among you will be your servant.”
To the people, this was a brand-new teaching. This was a completely different message than they were used to hearing from their religious leaders.

One thing every great marriage requires, is two people who have decided they will serve each other. Becoming a servant isn’t an easy thing. Putting others first is usually one of the hardest things we will ever try to do.
Listen as Joe shares how he first realized that being marriage isn’t what he thought it was going to be.

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Friday Funny: Losing Your Temper

TOP 10 Friday Funnies!

This week’s video is a classic! Easily in the top 10 funniest stories that Joe has ever told

Laugh as Joe shares insight on losing your temper, four-letter words, and forgiveness.

Ephesians 4:26-27 says: “Don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

If we do what this scripture says, our lives will be much better for it. Not letting anger take hold of us and learning to quickly forgive is key. It’s not easy, but worth it every time.

Joe shares how he waited until the last minute to deal with anger & forgiveness.

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