Atack, attack!

Written by Terry Dashner

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Forward movement forrepparttar believer is perseverance. When Daniel Webster was a young lawyer he took a case for a fee of $20.00. It was a difficult case and in preparing for it he had to make a trip to Boston, which in itself cost more than he was getting as a fee. He was determined to do a thorough job onrepparttar 151190 case and win it, which he did. Many years later a big company wanted him at short notice to undertake a case for what was in those days a fabulous fee. Webster looked overrepparttar 151191 case and found it was almost identical withrepparttar 151192 one he had researched and won 20 years before! Although it took 20 years to turn profit, his perseverance paid off.

Remember this point to safe-guard yourself against complacency: Resistrepparttar 151193 temptation to rest on your laurels and live inrepparttar 151194 past. Keep yourself moving forward inrepparttar 151195 Kingdom of God. Steadfastness has its rewards in time.

III. Thirdly, complacency comes when we lose focus. The object of our faith is Christ alone. Christ is our focus.

There are two ways to see something. I can see an object with my eyes. But, I can also see an object withrepparttar 151196 eyes of my spirit. One ofrepparttar 151197 greatest gifts God has given man is to visualize something internally. I can’t see Jesus with my physical eyes. But, I can seerepparttar 151198 Bible. I can readrepparttar 151199 Bible. And as I readrepparttar 151200 Bible, I begin to visualize internally what Jesus is like. In fact,repparttar 151201 Holy Spirit is sent for this very purpose—to help us maintain our focus on Christ. As our focus is maintained, we become changed in to His likeness.

Many people today fall to complacency because they take their eyes offrepparttar 151202 Word of God. They simply lose focus. They place their focus on other “things.” Before long they become transformed byrepparttar 151203 “things of this world.” The “things of this world” become their focus and then their god. With your eyes on Jesus, you avoid misdirection in life. The best way to hit a bull’s-eye every time you throw a dart is to throw your dart at a blank target. Whereverrepparttar 151204 dart strikes, select that spot asrepparttar 151205 bull’s-eye and draw concentric circles around it.

Crazy, you say? No more absurd than an aimless person who stumbles into one day after another, setting today’s goal onrepparttar 151206 basis of yesterday’s deed. Wouldn’t you agree? A steadfast gaze uponrepparttar 151207 Master will direct you on a straight pathway.

With your eyes on Jesus, you can see what He’s up to. Isa. 45:11 tells us to ask God aboutrepparttar 151208 things to come. I can tell you this. Jesus is up to something big! In fact it wouldn’t surprise me if He’s no longer seated, but standing beforerepparttar 151209 Father and ready to carry out this order, “My Son, it’s time. Go and gather up your bride. I’m calling them home.”

Remember this point to safe-guard yourself against complacency: Stay focused onrepparttar 151210 Word. Stay in fellowship with your Christian brothers and sisters. Keep communicating withrepparttar 151211 Lord—pray without ceasing!

Concluding remarks: I have shared with yourepparttar 151212 danger of complacency. Be very cautious after great victories. To let down your guard and revel inrepparttar 151213 victory is to invite disaster. Stay alerted torepparttar 151214 advantage you have whenrepparttar 151215 enemy is onrepparttar 151216 run. Pursuerepparttar 151217 darkness, and crush it withrepparttar 151218 light of Jesus! Resistrepparttar 151219 temptation to live in your past accomplishments. Keep moving forward. And above all, keep your eyes on Jesus. Stay alerted to whatrepparttar 151220 Spirit of Grace is doing around you. Don’t missrepparttar 151221 move of God in this latter day.

What about you? Has complacency slipped into your relationship with God? Are you distant and needing a change? May I re-introduce you torepparttar 151222 solution? His name is Jesus. The Bible says that there is “no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” The name Jesus is greater thanrepparttar 151223 name, complacency. Just as light overcomes darkness by driving it away, so doesrepparttar 151224 name Jesus when spoken with meaning fromrepparttar 151225 heart, overcomes and drives away allrepparttar 151226 uncertainty about your eternal future.

You see God has provided you an eternal home in Heaven, but you must ask Him for it. And when you call upon God’s Son to save you,repparttar 151227 Bible says that He will save you torepparttar 151228 uttermost. He will name you as one of His own. He will nurture you and care for you in your relationship with Him. And then one day, He will call for you and carry you home. I must say though, heaven is not a place forrepparttar 151229 complacent. It is not a place forrepparttar 151230 “lovers of this world.” Heaven is home to those only who love God, who want to serve God, and who can stand in His courts of praise forever and ever, rejoicing withrepparttar 151231 saints.

Only Jesus makes this happen. Call upon His name—JESUS.

Keeprepparttar 151232 faith. Stayrepparttar 151233 course. Jesus is coming soon.

Pastor T.

Pastor's a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. U.S. Navy veteran and retired police officer with the city of Tulsa. Father of three grown children and grandfather of two grandchildren--Brynn and London who rests with Jesus in heaven.

7 Hot Tips for Life Improvement

Written by Beth Scott

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Life Improvement Tip 4 Don't procrastinate! The more you put something off and something else off,repparttar more all your undesirable chores pile up.

Until they're an insurmountable task that would make a paid cleaning crew shudder. In fact take these chores and work them into your schedule so you will do them.

Life Improvement Tip 5 If you don't already keep either a schedule or make yourself a to-do list each night, this is your cue to start.

A to-do list helps you with get things done because it gives you a urgency "must do this today" attitude.

It will also help you remember things that you might have otherwise forgotten. You can put things on them that you're afraid of forgetting, or want to make sure you make time for.

Life Improvement Tip 6 This is by farrepparttar 151082 most important tip I could give you. Forgive and Forget.

Either imagined or real slights should always be forgiven. To forget them is to not dwell on them and not rememberrepparttar 151083 angry feelings if you ever look back on that moment.

Let me just tell you this: Holding a grudge will not hurtrepparttar 151084 begrudged as much as it will hurt you and your personality. As well as your existing relationships.

If there are any ancient or recent rifts or fights between you and a relative, friend, or spouse that are hurting your relationship or have ended it entirely, make amends.

This life isrepparttar 151085 only life you get, we'll never know when it'll be our orrepparttar 151086 begrudged person's time to die, and by then it will be too late to say "I'm Sorry".

So pick uprepparttar 151087 phone or walk up to that person and apologize, even if it wasn't your fault. This may berepparttar 151088 last chance you'll get to make amends.

You will be surprised atrepparttar 151089 feeling you'll get after fixing things up between you. As if a burden has been lifted off your shoulders. This is definitely a step towards life improvement.

Life Improvement Tip 7 Do something kind for someone else. Today! Not just on a birthday or anniversary, but spontaneously.

Buy a rose or other flower for a friend and tell them it's just "because". Because they mean a lot to you, and because you care for them.

Tell your family and friends that you love them. Offer to help a friend with a chore. Babysit for someone you know so they can have a night out.

Help teach a young niece/nephew, son/daughter, brother/sister, etc.... how to read or do some other "grownup" thing.

The list of things you can do is endless, and I'm sure you can procure some ideas of your own onrepparttar 151090 subject.

Now for your convenience I've summed all seven life improvement tips up:

1. Get up early and jog or watch sunrise

2. Eat breakfast

3. Smile at strangers when you make eye contact

4. Don't procrastinate

5. Keep a schedule or To-Do list

6. Forgive others and Forgive past wrongs

7. Do something for someone else

Remember it's all up to you whether you take these steps to improve your life, but improve it they will.

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