Who do you love? Who do you live to please? Who is on your mind when you wake up each morning?
Be a God-pleaser! God gave His Son Jesus because of His great love for all mankind. We must be so in love with Jesus that we want all to know Him too. Love your family and friends enough to tell them the Truth of God’s Word. God will not change His Word for anyone. Jesus is coming back–and we can’t live any old way we like.
In John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (NIV).
People may abandon you, many will criticize you, disconnect from you, and run from God when you tell them the Truth–OR they will fall in love with Jesus. People may criticize you and make fun of you because of your relationship with Jesus–but remember, in the end…it will be worth it all.
Truth will offend some people. God’s Word and His Truth can be understood by the world around us and in practical ways. Many people deny spiritual truth because it seems easier, but doing things the wrong way still brings about delayed consequences.
People want everything right now—rather than doing life God’s way. Do you get so mad when an elevator is full—that you choose to go the roof and jump to your death on the street? I don’t think so. You might choose to take the stairs—all seventeen flights—and be worn out at the bottom. Huffing and puffing like a blow fish. People have grown impatient with waiting for anything. Look at what God’s Word says in Isaiah 40:31:
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
As Christians, we cannot ignore God’s Word…because it may be unpopular or cause division. When a person is confronted with truth, he or she will do one of two things—respond or react. The heart that is tender to God will respond. The tender heart is moved to tears and compassion and obedience. The tough heart may throw a temper-tantrum, a pity-party, disconnect, and deny the Truth. The heart that is tough, bitter, unforgiving, angry and rebellious will react.
We must love people enough to speak the Truth in love—no matter what. Eternity is forever. This life is passing away. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 24:10-12: “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and hate one another” (KJV).
Jesus said, “Blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in Me” (Matthew 11:6).
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:12-14).
Take time to read all of Matthew 24. Remember, even Truth presented in love will offend some people. We must love people enough to offer them everlasting life in Jesus Christ!
BOOKS BY DR. DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed and Know Your Purpose)… learn how to move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, a mess to a message, and trials to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)…the amazing ways the Holy Spirit led us will keep you turning the pages and increase your faith to believe God for anything. God raised my husband from death, healed him from two strokes, and walked with us through two open-heart surgeries through 25 days at Mercy Hospital. The way the three stories are divinely linked within and weaved together will give you a newfound hope and spur you to fall in love with Jesus all over again!
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every leader, pastor, and family across the globe. It reads like a devotional and is a great tool of evangelism.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors. Also available at events, speaking engagements and wherever Deborah ministers the Word of God.
True ministry only operates through the person who is broken before the Lord, who has a humble and contrite heart.
Dr. Mickey Bonner states: “Satan has authored religions to keep men powerless and busy, rather than broken. I believe this is the “spiritual wickedness in high places,” spoken of in Ephesians 6:12. His object is to get men to focus on promotion in place of prayer. Thus, the church today, for the most part is dead. The world is dying, and no amount of religious busy-ness can save it. Our salt is stepped on, our light is dim, if not out. There is no hope except a return to God on His terms. If, however, the church did return, He would again visit His people. He promised He would in 11 Chronicles 7:14.
If we are to be used by God, we must first see what God sees in our lives. This is the reason for fasting. Denying ourselves food is not in order to get God involved in what we are doing. The purpose is to get us involved in God’s will by being broken before Him. Fasting, in its right perspective, breaks the soul from submitting to the wiles of the flesh and submits it instead to the Spirit of God within.” —Dr. Mickey Bonner
Brokenness is a wonderful experience and the beginning of all true ministry.
If you have not read “Brokenness, The Forgotten Factor of Prayer”—you must read it. It’s a book that will change your life.
No matter where we are on God’s timetable, we are called to occupy till He comes. Live fully committed to Jesus Christ—and tell the world about Jesus.
Dr. Mickey Bonner’s books are available at 1-800-365-PRAY (7729) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and the books are available on Amazon.
God bless you!
Dr. Deborah Starczewski
Books by Dr. Deborah Starczewski are available on www.starministriesinc.com and on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and other distributors.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At the Mercy Seat)…the amazing account of God raising my husband from death, healing him from two strokes, and the walk at Mercy Hospital (CMC) for 25 days— through two open-heart surgeries….a modern day resurrection story that will keep you turning the pages and give YOU hope and faith to believe God for anything.
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed And Know Your Purpose)….learn how to move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, a mess to a message, and trial to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every leader.
PRAY AND ASK GOD FOR SUCCESS….look at what happened with Nehemiah when he prayed and asked God for success.
Nehemiah 1:10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”I was cupbearer to the king.
Nehemiah prayed and asked for success…..Then the King sent Nehemiah to Jerusalem where he inspected the walls, built and and repaired them. God’s heart is always for restoration and bridging the gap between man and God. God connects people on purpose for His divine purposes in the earth. Ask God what HE would have you to do with Him. Have a willing heart to partner with God. STEP OUT AND OBEY HIM. Prepare to stand out and stand alone…knowing God is with you.
God is calling us to bridge the gap between the lost and Him as we share the love of Jesus Christ. Broken bridges are appearing in families, in business, and even in churches. Stay in the Word, read the Word, pray the Word and renew your mind….allow the water of God’s Word to wash away doubt, unbelief, depression, corruption, and every fiery dart the enemy sends.
I believe that before the end of the age, the world will look at the church and see a family that can be trusted because they walk in love and their word is their bond. The strength of our witness will be determined first by how much we trust God’s Word and then by how much our own word can be trusted. Sometimes the very test (or storm) we are walking through has been totally ordained by God because people will see and witness the power of God to withstand the battle that rages. Reflect on the life of Joseph and remember that God is for us and not against us. Our part is to believe God and choose to do the right thing. Make sure your relationship with God is first priority. Be a God-pleaser, not a man-pleaser. God is more concerned with the inward purity of our hearts…than any outward appearance to man. Be a bridge builder and point people to Jesus. #telltheworldaboutJesus
(Excerpt from THE MIDNIGHT HOUR…Will America Turn Back To God…published 2015…available on-line on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com)
BOOKS BY DR. DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed, And Know Your Purpose)…learn how to overcome in life through turning to Jesus. Move from drama to destiny, pain to purpose, a mess to a message, and trial to triumph.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)….a book that will keep you turning the pages…filled with supernatural encounters and hearing the voice of God..for the saving of lives.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?) …a must read for all.