Who Do You Trust?

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalms 28:7 NIV.

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The best marketing tool any person or organization has at their disposal is available to all. It doesn’t require a college degree, large capital investments, nor a unique sales strategy. It is as old as the universe, but as young as a new born baby. When employed it saves time, paperwork, and builds strong relationships for a life time. It is a five letter word that needs to be exercised in every conversation and repeated out loud when negotiations seem to be falling apart.

That word is TRUST.

Trust is becoming a rare commodity in today’s world. We have witnessed the disintegration of the marriage relationship; the hostility between races; and the ineffectiveness of governments around the world. Whenever trust is broken, lives are shaken. Dreams are dismantled. Both parties become losers – some in the short term, others in the long term.

Former president Ronald Reagan is given credit for resurrecting the phrase “Trust but verify.” Maybe we all need to practice this concept more often with the people in our world.  In fact, maybe we need to first begin the process with the Creator of the universe. Do we truly Trust Him?

His #1 seller the Bible provides multiple scriptures of the relationship between Him and His people and the importance of Trust. There are a multiple of scriptures where God wants us to trust him. And how do we learn to trust Him? One way is simply to put Him to the test. For starters, don’t ask him for something to spend it on yourself (James 4:3). Instead ask for the sake of others. Learn to lean on Him. Take baby steps. Ask, Seek, Knock (Luke 11:9-10).

Trust is built over time. It is two people coming together and first agreeing on the primary principle of the matter. From there, the talk is verified with action. The action leads to more talk. More talk leads to more action steps. Trust is slowly built after both sides verify each other’s action and witness the true character of the other person. When the real character appears, only then can we know how far we can truly rely on the other person’s words and actions.

So no matter if it’s a business matter, a family matter, or a governmental matter,  trust is the glue that strengthens, magnifies, and unleashes the potential in all relationships. Let trust be your friend today.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
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 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
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Kingdom of God versus World Governments

“…neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21 ASV.

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Have you ever notice the natural conflict between the governments of this world and religions? Don’t both institutions operate from the same perspective? They seek power over the same masses to bring about peace, law, and order. They make promises feeding on the hopes and carnal desires of their members. When they fail to deliver, they blame others. In fact, like two political opponents, they use whatever means at their disposal to bring about their ambitions at the expense of their citizens.

This is what makes God’s Kingdom far above the governments and religions of this world. Governments and many religions build their foundation through a platform of fear. Through manipulation, punishment,  or collusion, those in power decide what is best for the masses. Freedom may be promised for all, but reserved for a minority. The majority are led by a minority who set themselves up through power, intimidation, and fear.

However God’s Kingdom is unlike anything man has developed. Everything designed by humanity is based on using power from the outside-in. It seeks to manipulate you into agreement through outside means. Like the rat chasing his cheese through a maze, mankind follows the same principles. External rewards, punishment, and social manipulation are some of the tools used. Throw in lying, stealing, killing, and destruction, and you have the general means employed by the majority of groups in search of a better world for themselves.

So what makes God’s Kingdom so much more effective? First it is a government operating from the inside-out. It already has an established, proven leader in Jesus Christ. He is the uniting factor for all people; there is no more room at the top. He sets the standards and demonstrates the methods and techniques used to serve and lead others. And most of his ways are just the opposite of mankind’s failed approaches.

He operates from the inside of a person. He motivates, encourages, and equips his citizens with the necessary tools and methods to live a life that unleashes the human potential as originally designed by the Creator. Via the Holy Spirit, he restores the relationship between all parties by making the Triune God the central core of one’s life. From the love of God, through the hearts of each citizen, the government of God operates in an orderly and abundant fashion. The goal is to minister and serve others for the glory of God. Politics, selfish ambition, and carnal desires are removed from the scene. In their place, service toward others in love becomes the standard of all Peoples.

When one captures the real vision of God’s Kingdom on earth, one quickly understands the Book of Revelations 21 – 22 and the merging of heaven with earth.  With God making his Kingly home on earth, His kingdom will cover the entire planet. Isn’t that the new heaven and new earth we all wait for? When the Kingdom of God will be fully operating on this planet.

Meanwhile, those of us who have already surrendered to Lord Jesus have the privilege and honor to learn today how to live under the King’s domain. We have the opportunity to experience his abundant grace, mercy, and trust with our everyday lives. As His faith grows in us, and as we see the fruit of His ways, we can only lift up our arms in praise to Him and share His story with others who truly want to experience real freedom and joy and love and peace in this life while we await the physical return of our King.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Who Is Stealing From You Today?

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” JN 10:10 ESV.

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We all need God’s Grace.

When you stop for a moment and realize that people are sinning against you today, it can be paralyzing. Just like a deer in the headlights of a car, or a bicyclist facing an on-coming vehicle, we can easily freeze and be harmfully impacted by the event.

Yet because we have a loving heavenly Dad who cares for us more than  we accept, we can faithfully face any situation knowing he will provide and protect us in his own time and way.

Take stealing as an example. Think of the many ways people are stealing from you today. Most of the ways are hidden from our view. For example, the government is robbing from you every day by allowing inflation to eat away at your hard earn dollar. They rob you of your future purchasing power by spending more than they take in and paying interest on it.  Being the third largest item in the budget, imagine how many other ways that money could have been spent.

When we thankfully accept a helping hand through the tough times of life and then greedily turn it into a long term lifestyle, don’t we blindly think we are getting the better side of the deal? However, over time one learns how entitlements slowly destroy Godly character. These handouts rob us of the opportunity to grow through our walk with God in the pursuit of what He has prepared for us. Instead we settle for the assured crumbs instead of the rich blessing God wants to give us as we learn to trust Him in our walk. Aren’t we then stealing from our eternal inheritance?

Don’t the media and advertisers steal from you when they package lifestyles and products as a poor substitute for the Triune God? For example, happiness is found in a drink, joy in dishwater detergent, and tasteful (unhealthy)food through the convenient drive-thru window.

Or in business, owners find ways to hide money from the government through off shore companies and therefore not pay their share of taxes.

Than we have employees who find ways to enrich themselves outside their agreed compensation. Whether it is taking office supplies home or only giving 50% of themselves toward their work, isn’t that taking away something that belongs to another?

Husbands and wives steal from each other when they are not faithful in their relationship.  Parents steal from their children when they spend their free time pursuing their dreams rather than investing time with their offspring.

This is my short list for the moment. I am sure you can add many other situations where you are being robbed financially, emotionally, or socially. But be brave. God knows. He showers his grace on all. Whenever someone steals from you, ask God to correct the situation. Let him lead you to show good to those who rob you. Haven’t we at one time or another robbed from others? Or more specifically, haven’t we at times stolen from God? How does He treat us? Doesn’t he pour out more of his abundant grace and mercy upon us when we finally acknowledge His authority in our life? Maybe we need to do the same with others.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Are You Stealing From God?

“You shall not steal. Exodus 20:15 ESV.

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When Sin is only the breaking of a principle or rule, it makes the transaction non-personal. However, when Sin breaks into the life of another person, than it becomes a relational issue.  It wasn’t until I saw Sin as doing damage between God and people that I made the firm commitment to stop hurting others in my world.

More so, when I realized that Sin is stealing from God’s goodness, I shuttered in horror.

In addition, when I realized that Sin is also stealing from my mate and daughter and brothers and parents and friends, I quickly repented and cried out for help.

We do not want to hurt the ones we love. In fact, we want to honor them and bless them with everything good within our means. So when we “break” one of the commandments of God it is no longer me just trying to manage another item. Instead, I now realize we are hurting others who may not even know of the situation but are simply the victim of my poor choices.

How long do you think we can go on stealing from God and succeed in life?

How long do you think we can go on stealing from our love ones and succeed in life?

How long do you think we can go on stealing from others and succeed in life?

You may see Stealing as a short-term solution to your current problem. However the long term impact is always more costly. Instead, do the more honorable thing. Do what is right before God. The consequences of not respecting God’s will is more painful in the long term than the short term inconvenience you may have to suffer. Sin is never a good thing.  It always negatively impacts your life and the lives of others.  You may not see it immediately, but in hindsight, you will only wish you could replay the event over again. Therefore why not choose the more honorable path today?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Why God Allows Tribulations?

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold… He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store. Job 23: 10, 14 NIV.

tests 1Earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes are some of the natural disasters that keep recurring throughout the world. Terrorist attacks, gang rapes, and robbery is a daily feature in the news. Divorce, unemployment, and poverty are social ills that continue plague mankind. Cancer, heart attacks, and unknown diseases hit homes each day. Accidents, thievery, and conflict occurs within our communities. There is no escape from the many trials and tests that life throws our way. But why?

Some say it is because of sin. Others because of our stupidity. And others still because of time and chance. Whatever the reason, if God is sovereign then why does He allow us unwanted trials?

Could it be maybe that God allows challenges in our life so something more positive may come from it? When times become tough, how do we respond? Do we toughen ourselves up, pick up our bootstraps and keep plugging away? Or do we finally admit to ourselves that we can’t do it any longer? That we are at the end of our hope. Without a miracle, “we can’t make it” becomes the focus. Then what happens? Suddenly, or maybe even decades later, circumstances,  people, or events occur that change everything. You are out of the mess you were in, and you don’t even know how to explain it to others.

How else does one become closer to God except when the bad times roll through? Maybe this is too simple for most, but isn’t it the trials and tests that allow us to either walk with God or run away from Him? When we choose to lean on Him, does He take the opportunity to build the faith he has given us by fixing the situation? Doesn’t He use these circumstances to transform our hearts and minds to become more like Christ? Maybe everything is not yet perfectly like we would want it, but one has to admit, it is better than before.

Life constantly throws lemons at us so we can learn how to make lemonade. We learn to make lemonade by leaning and walking with our Father-Son-Spirit. That relationship becomes closer, deeper, and more impactful as a result of surrendering the self and allowing the Triune God to lead us through the difficult maze we are seeking to come out of. Life is more about strengthening the relationship between God and you, than our comfort, pleasure, and goals. We are all being prepared to lead and serve for eternity as His children in His Kingdom. Today’s challenges are tomorrows trophies.

This may not take the pain away from your current ordeal. But at least you now know there is a greater reason and purpose for transforming lemons into lemonade.  It’s not about the drink, but the relationship that grows from it.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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How Many Words Does It Take?

The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man? Eccl 6:11 ESV.

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How many words are enough?

Ever found yourself in a situation where you tried to talk yourself out of? Whether being pulled over by the police for speeding, or caught by your significant other with your hand in the cookie jar, we try to justify ourselves by heaping words upon words. How has that worked for you?

When you are trying to persuade someone to your way of thinking, do you continue to heap words upon words hoping that the person will collapse from the mere weight of them?

When you find yourself in a conversation when silence blasts loudly in your ear, do you have to open the mouth so noise comes out or can you refrain and enjoy the quietness for the moment?

Most of the time it is not how many words we convey that matters. What truly matters is if we care, are open to the other person’s point of view, and respect the person for their opinion. Many times by asking the key questions and listening will lead you to accomplish more than battling with a maze of words.

Ever notice in many of Jesus’ dialogue with others, he was short and direct to the point. He didn’t try to outweigh others with more words. Instead the few words used hit their mark and he allowed the Spirit to work within the life of the other.

The book of Proverbs also states several times that even the fool when silent looks wise.

So the next time you are tempted to out talk the other person, stop, listen, and choose your questions carefully. Totally understand their point of view before succinctly giving yours.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Are We Worshiping God or Self?

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”  Romans 12:1 NIV.

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Do we really know how to worship?

Last Sunday while praising God through song, I stopped for a moment to analyze the words coming from my mouth. Suddenly I stopped singing and began to question my heart. Did I truly believe what I was saying?

The song we were singing was more about praising us than him. The name of the song really doesn’t matter, for I am sure the person who wrote it was truly expressing what was in their heart. But for me, it was like thanking God ONLY because of what was in it for me.

As a disciple of His, we crucified the self years ago. Yes, it arises occasionally to cause mischief, but most of the time it is dead. As a dead man walking in Christ, it is no longer about me, but HIM.

The words of the song though was about 80% me and 20% God. Is that worship? Or is that simply praising Him for what he has done for us?

Do we worship God because what is in it for me or do we worship God because of who He IS?

When the three men during Daniel’s time chose the furnace rather than bow to an image, they chose to worship God whether or not they survived the ordeal.

When the apostle Paul chose to go to Jerusalem even though the prophet told him his life would be in extreme danger and hardship, Paul chose to face death rather than the easy way out.

On the other hand, when Lucifer saw how beautiful he was made, he chose to worship himself rather than God. He allowed pride to gain access into his being and now lives under the condemned name of Satan.

Sorry, worship is not about you or me. In fact, worship is not even what God has done for you. Instead, worship is simply acknowledging Him for solely Who He IS while we function in life as His living sacrifice.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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