10 Ways to Be a Better You

The constant upload of photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram can be a bit overwhelming. You see a photo of your friend’s awesome ski trip and immediately think, “wow…his life most be awesome” and immediately feel guilty about your own.

Sometimes it’s harder to just focus on sharpening  you and be satisfied with who you are.

Our lives are a constant exercise in self-improvement and while the majority of the focus lands on education and promotions at work, sometimes we forget that being a better person involves how we treat ourselves and those around us. Below are 10 Ways to Be a Better You.

1. Get up early and confront Your Day.  Everyone recommends this but after spending late nights at the office or getting caught up o your favorite shows on Hulu—getting up early is a task within itself.  But set your alarm an hour earlier. You’ll be amazed by how many more things you can cram into your day.

2. Remind the people in your life how much they mean to you.  You can do this by simply sending a ‘good morning’ text.

3. Work on making yourself a little more accountable to the people around you. Sometimes this starts by talking less and listening more.  James 1:19 – Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak… You will learn more about who you’re interacting with know what EXACTLY they need from you.

4. Smile more and laugh more. You can do this by being aware of the joy that’s already around you, and if all you see is pain, transform it into laughter. Psalms 30:5- Pain may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning., Romans 12:2-Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

5. Learn how to apologize. I think there’s nothing that makes us more beautifully human than making mistakes and owning up to them. 1 John 2:16 – Our foolish pride comes from this world.

6. Let go of our anger, envy and hatred.  Ephesians 4:31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you.

7. Complain less and make fewer excuses. Learn to enjoy your life and not always focus on what is bad, what is wrong and why you can’t or didn’t do something. 1 Timothy – They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.

8. Do something nice for someone else — the kind of favor you might not see returned.

9. Give someone a completely unsolicited compliment. If you see something you like on someone where’s the harm in saying so?  9 times out of 10 they will be shocked but gracious which will make you smile harder.

10.  Try to have conversations with people you casually meet in everyday life. Find out the name of the woman you see all the time at the grocery store and engage her. You never know what you will learn from someone else’s experiences.

10 Quotes Martin Luther King

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

**Bonus

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

10 Quotes Nelson Mandela

In Honor Of Black History Month:

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Mandela

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Nelson Mandela

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
Nelson Mandela

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
Nelson Mandela

Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.
Nelson Mandela

There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people.
Nelson Mandela

Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.
Nelson Mandela

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
Nelson Mandela

**Bonus

I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.
Nelson Mandela

Smite Out Your Destiny

To have a new you in the new year, you have to ask yourself first where is your heart? Bishop Charles E. Blake gives us 8 steps to follow coming into the New Year.

2 Kings 13:17-19

17 And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” 18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”

Some will say that Joash did what he was supposed to do…and he did.  But if you analyze the text, you’ll see that Joash’s heart wasn’t right.   Joash was not like Saul and he was not like Moses who illustrated the implications of our obedience and of our acts before the Lord. The difference is that Joash really obeyed God but we should examine his attitude.  The bible says in 2 Chronicles 25:2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

We can look at the people of God today and see that their heart is not in it.  “Half singing, half praying, half worshiping, half participating and half giving Their heart is not in it.  Because when your heart is in it—it shows up on the outside,” says Bishop. The best thing for us to do as people of the Lord is to work on our heart and work on our attitude…there are people who can see beyond that false smile and those false actions.

In Matthew 22, Jesus spoke of a parable of a wedding banquet.  He spoke and told the story of how a king (like the kingdom of heaven) had invited the people to come to his dinner in Matthew 22:5 the text says, they made light of [it], and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise:

So as the New  Year begins look at what our Bishop graciously identifies for us to live by.  Follow these invaluable steps to truly “Smite Out Your Destiny.”

1. Smite the Blow of Salvation

    • Proverbs 14:12 KJ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
    • Isaiah 57:20 KJ  But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
    • Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

2. Smite the Blow of Obedience

    • Deuteronomy 11:27-28 (KJV) 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known
    • Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
    • 2 John 1:6 (KJV)And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it

3. Smite the Blow of Love

    • “Love the lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your might. If you walk in love, you walk in God,” says Bishop Blake.

 4. Smite the Blow of Righteousness

    • Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you Walk in the righteous because sin is the reproach of people
    • “God wants folks who will strike the blow of righteousness,” says Bishop Blake.

5. Smite the Blow of Service

    • “Perform your assignments well so God can promote you to another level,” says Bishop.
    • Nothing you do is unimportant or insignificant…like sweeping the floor.  Martin Luther King said, “sweep the floor like Michael Angelo painted.”  Cry out to the Lord and tell him that you’ll serve Him JUST because you love him.

6. Smith the Blow of  Priorities

    • “If you want go higher in commitment, in faith, and in love… write priorities and stick to them,”  says Bishop.

7. Smite the Blow of Daring Faith

    • Believe God anyhow! Trust him no matter what you have to go through and get ready for your miracle. Bishop  says, “No mountain too high, no valley too low. GET READY! Get ready to overcome…get ready for miracles…get ready to go higher because of your daring faith.”

8. Smite the Blow of Unrestrained Praise

    • “This is yet the beginning of the year, but we praise God for December.”  Bishop Says, “You have not seen you’re best days yet…you have not seen your best miracles yet!”

Thank God for giving us a “destiny moment—a window of opportunity.” Strike the blows above and you will have a fail safe way of navigating 2014!

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Smite Out a New Year and a New You

To have a new you in the new year, you have to ask yourself first where is your heart? Bishop Charles E. Blake gives us 8 steps to follow coming into the New Year.

2 Kings 13:17-19

17 And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” 18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”

Some will say that Joash did what he was supposed to do…and he did.  But if you analyze the text, you’ll see that Joash’s heart wasn’t right.   Joash was not like Saul and he was not like Moses who illustrated the implications of our obedience and of our acts before the Lord. The difference is that Joash really obeyed God but we should examine his attitude.  The bible says in 2 Chronicles 25:2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

We can look at the people of God today and see that their heart is not in it.  “Half singing, half praying, half worshiping, half participating and half giving Their heart is not in it.  Because when your heart is in it—it shows up on the outside,” says Bishop. The best thing for us to do as people of the Lord is to work on our heart and work on our attitude…there are people who can see beyond that false smile and those false actions.

In Matthew 22, Jesus spoke of a parable of a wedding banquet.  He spoke and told the story of how a king (like the kingdom of heaven) had invited the people to come to his dinner in Matthew 22:5 the text says, they made light of [it], and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise:

So as the New  Year begins look at what our Bishop graciously identifies for us to live by.  Follow these invaluable steps to truly “Smite Out Your Destiny.”

1. Smite the Blow of Salvation

    • Proverbs 14:12 KJ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
    • Isaiah 57:20 KJ  But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
    • Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

2. Smite the Blow of Obedience

    • Deuteronomy 11:27-28 (KJV) 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known
    • Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
    • 2 John 1:6 (KJV)And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it

3. Smite the Blow of Love

    • “Love the lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your might. If you walk in love, you walk in God,” says Bishop Blake.

 4. Smite the Blow of Righteousness

    • Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you Walk in the righteous because sin is the reproach of people
    • “God wants folks who will strike the blow of righteousness,” says Bishop Blake.

5. Smite the Blow of Service

    • “Perform your assignments well so God can promote you to another level,” says Bishop.
    • Nothing you do is unimportant or insignificant…like sweeping the floor.  Martin Luther King said, “sweep the floor like Michael Angelo painted.”  Cry out to the Lord and tell him that you’ll serve Him JUST because you love him.

6. Smith the Blow of  Priorities

    • “If you want go higher in commitment, in faith, and in love… write priorities and stick to them,”  says Bishop.

7. Smite the Blow of Daring Faith

    • Believe God anyhow! Trust him no matter what you have to go through and get ready for your miracle. Bishop  says, “No mountain too high, no valley too low. GET READY! Get ready to overcome…get ready for miracles…get ready to go higher because of your daring faith.”

8. Smite the Blow of Unrestrained Praise

    • “This is yet the beginning of the year, but we praise God for December.”  Bishop Says, “You have not seen you’re best days yet…you have not seen your best miracles yet!”

Thank God for giving us a “destiny moment—a window of opportunity.” Strike the blows above and you will have a fail safe way of navigating 2014!

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Consecration Month

The very word consecrate means to declare or set apart…be removed from.  In some versions the word consecrate means to make hallow or vulnerable.  As we anticipate January’s Consecration Month, I want to remind you that you are making yourself vulnerable to the word of God!

Just for you, we have an updated version of the Consecration Calendar complete with new rejuvenating scriptures and prayer focusesConsecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.(Leviticus 20:7) What I find so interesting about the above scripture is the sentence structure.  The adverb “therefore” modifies the transitive verb “consecrate” which is essentially telling the reader that if you declare or set apart, dedicate yourself for a sacred purpose, if you irrevocably devout yourself to God, there is NO WAY you cannot be holy,  in pleasing God, for ‘He’ is holy! (Leviticus 11:45).  Fantastic guidelines to live by–wouldn’t you agree?

Consecration Calendar (2014)

The True Meaning of Christmas: 3 Gifts to Share with the World

Over two-thousand years ago, God presented the world with a gift: Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem.  In an act of faith and worship, three kings traveled from different parts of the world to bring symbolic, spiritual  gifts to Jesus and to His Family:

  • Frankincense, symbolizing the power of God and  the Holy Spirit;
  • Myrrh, symbolizing healing; and
  • Gold, symbolizing His royalty and Kingship over the earth.

Today, we celebrate Christmas by buying gifts for each other and making merriment with family and friends. As the season approaches each year, our attention turns to making our shopping lists, checking for pre-Christmas bargains, and considering last-minute tax shelters.  Unfortunately, Christmas, known worldwide as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, has become a tradition marked by gluttony, greed, depression and apathy.

What if we’ve gotten it all wrong?  What if the true meaning of Christmas is to share with the world that which God has created us to be?  What if the gifts we are to exchange at Christmastime are the gifts God has given to us in order to establish His Kingdom on earth?

For, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6-7 (New King James Version)–

6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.      

 The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10); each and every one of us who calls Jesus “Our Savior” possesses His power.   In the season and Spirit of Christmas, and to honor God for the gift He has given us – His only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ – the sincerest  gifts we could give to the world in return is to:

  1.  Manifest the fullness of God’s calling on our lives.  The Apostle Paul, in the book of Ephesians, asks us to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called”, and, in gentleness and understanding,  in love and in peace, to unify in one Spirit with the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-6). repent and transform ourselves into His loving likeness
  2. Share gifts of the Spirit.  In Romans 12, Paul outlines one of our clearest mandates for our life on earth as Christians: not to follow society’s ways, but God’s ways.  We are to activate our power of renewal and transformation, and, through the power of Jesus, to carry ourselves as His representatives of share the Good News of Christ through whatever gifts God has given us: be it to minister, to teach, to give money or possessions; to prophecy, to encourage, to show mercy, or to lead others (Romans 12).
  3. Spread the love of Jesus Christ.  Jesus said in John 15:11-12, 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

It is only when we Bless God by presenting to Him our whole selves – our talents, our resources, our bodies,  minds, and souls – that His Kingdom can be established on earth: then we, and in turn the world, are Blessed.

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(First published on Dec 20, 2012 @ 13:22)

Make Next Year Better!


Written by Isis Roberts, contributing writer

Here we are…we made it through 2015!

Despite all Satan tried to throw at us, we survived it and here we are. For a lot of people, the start of the New Year causes them to reflect on the good and bad things that happened over the past year. Do you find yourself saying, “If I could just start over, I would do things differently?” Fortunately for all of us, Jesus Christ made this possible when he died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected. That is his Christmas present to all who believe. The reason he was born was so we could start over.

Every day we wake up, we are blessed with a second chance, a chance for our sins to be forgiven and for us to improve as children of God. Don’t let another year go by not living to your full potential.

Below are four things that I think are essential in making next year better:

1) Love more: Jesus also came to give us another command: ‘Love one another as I loved you.’– John 13:34. Show God some more love, too! Thank Him, praise Him, worship, honor and give Him all the glory every day. Watch how things change! “But as it is written in the Scriptures: “No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” — 1 Corinthians 2:9.

2) Pray! Ask God what you want: A lot of times, God can’t bless us with the things we want because we never asked. You have not because you ask not. In John 14, 15, 16, the holy spirits tells us to ASK, literally, SEVEN times. It must be important! As you ask God what you want, make sure you claim it by faith and believe it with every ounce of your heart that it is done. Don’t ever doubt it, no matter how it looks. Walk by faith, not by sight and don’t limit God. **John 14:14, John 15:7, John 15:16, John 16:23, John 16:24 and John 16:26. Also read Philippians 4:6-10.

3) Watch what you say: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” –Proverbs 18:21. We’ve all heard this verse, but we don’t take it as serious as we should. The world of the spirit operates on what you say. By saying, “I don’t know how I’m going to get through 2016. I already know I’m going to be stressed,” you are already speaking that lack of faith into existence before the year even starts. Change your mindset. Think positively. Instead of saying, “I’m sick.” Say, “By Jesus’ stripes, I am healed.” Say, “I’m going to get a promotion.” “I’m going to be successful.” Determine to consistently speak the words of God. It’s a matter between life and death! There’s power in your words! **James 3:5-6, Psalms 141:3, Isaiah 54:17

4) Grow spiritually and be obedient to God’s word: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written; “Be Holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-17. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6