Why You Are Where You Are

Why You Are Where You Are
By Zig Ziglar
Many years ago as a young, aspiring speaker, I heard an older speaker who was quite philosophical say that you are where you are because that’s exactly where you want to be. I thought about his statement, decided it was the “wisdom of the ages” and verbalized it in my own presentations. Over a period of time, a series of events took place which convinced me that his statement was not true in my case. I was broke, in debt and down in the dumps. I wanted to be prosperous and excited about my future.

It came through loud and clear that I was where I was and what I was because of the decisions and choices I had made in my life. I made those choices based on the information I had, much of which was erroneous. The reality is, if I’m given the wrong directions to go from “point A” to “point B,” I’m not going to reach “point B” unless I change directions. It’s equally true that if I’m given the wrong directions on how to move from being broke and in debt to being successful and prosperous, I’m not going to end up at the place I want to be.

One important decision you can make even as you read these words is to think about what Thomas Sikking said: “You’re not the product of a broken home, a devastated economy, a world in the upheaval of war, a minority group, a family of drunkards or a poverty-ridden neighborhood. You are the product of your own thinking processes and whatever you’re thinking about today is the cornerstone of your tomorrow.”

If someone else has abused you in the past, it’s o.k. to give them credit for fouling up your past, but do not give them permission to ruin your present and your future. Take control of your thoughts and your future. Determine that you will have a better tomorrow. Make specific plans to do so and I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings. See him in action!

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Facebook: A Wonderful Tool for Meeting the Lost

Let’s “Facebook” the Gospel

 We as Christians are called to be Ambassadors of the Word of God in every forum, both offline and online. God makes our job description very clear: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 15:6)

 What’s your Facebook light like? Is it dim or bright?

 Let’s face it…out of our 200 plus Facebook friends, less than 50 of them know the Lord.

 

Time to Shine Online

Let’s “Facebook” the Gospel then…

 Here are some tips which will help you shine your light online so that your friends may read, see your good works (status updates, comments, questions and shared links) and come to glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 1.    Update your Facebook status with a verse or two a day. (A verse a day keeps the devil away)

2.    Share motivational articles on your profile page from Christian websites (charismamag.com, christianpost.com, lifeway.com, radiantmag.com)

3.    Tag your friends on these motivational articles

4.    Encourage comments on your notes by speaking about your own Christian experience

5.    Add sermon notes to your personal notes and share with your friends

12 Steps to Purity of Heart

  1. Recognise your need for purity
  2. Acknowledge that only God can make your heart clean
  3. Be totally honest with God about the condition of your heart
  4. Confess all known sin and allow the blood of Jesus to cleanse you
  5. Fill yourself with the word of God
  6. Concentrate on the finishing line
  7. Value the Bible and Bible study
  8. Assemble with God’s people
  9. Select faithful companions (Proverbs 10:20)
  10. Heed wise counsel (Proverbs 12:15)
  11. Set your mind on the things above (Col 3:1)
  12. Put sin to death. Don’t let sin reign in your mortal body.

Points provided by Pastor Murrell (Pegwell Community Church)

Seven Steps for Intercessory Prayer

1 Since it is the prayer of the righteous that is powerful and effective (James 5:16), examine your conscience before you pray, and repent of any sin or harsh feelings you may have against other people.

2 Spend a few minutes in silence, to quiet your mind and come into God’s presence.

3 During this time, ask the Lord to give you a sense of the things God wants you to pray for. Put aside your own agenda, concerns, and desires and unite yourself to Jesus’ heart. You may want to write down the things that God places on your hearts.

4 Briefl y refl ect on what you wrote down. What do you think God is leading you to pray for?

5 Pray for the things on God’s heart—for those who have no faith; for those who have fallen away from Jesus; for renewal and unity in all the Christian churches; for respect for all life; for all the lost, abandoned, or forgotten children of the world; for those under the power of addictions or bound by depression, anxiety, or bitterness; and for prisoners and service men and women. And, of course, pray for your own intentions and those of your loved ones.

6 As you pray, take confi dence in God’s power to overcome any obstacle. Stand fi rm in faith, and wait to see God work in power.

7 In your prayer journal, keep a record of what you prayed for, and of the ways God answered those prayers. Thank him and praise for all the ways he has worked through your prayer.

Jesus promised: “If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). One of the most powerful ways we can pray as intercessors is together with others. Consider forming an intercessory prayer team.

The final chapter of the Book of Habakkuk gives us a glimpse into the heart of an intercessor, both in praying for a mighty outpouring of grace, and in his abandonment and trust in God’s provision. Let us take Habakkuk’s prayer as our own as we intercede for the many needs of the church and the world:

O Lord, I have heard of your renown, and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work. In our own time revive it; in our own time make it known; in wrath may you remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)