Innovation, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Yesterday, we talked about innovative people, and I mentioned that there are a whole lot more innovative people around than any of us can imagine. Could you be one of them?
Let’s take a little test and see. I have Earl Nightingale to thank for this list of twenty-five traits generally found in creative, innovative people. No, relax. You don’t need all twenty-five … but if you have most of them, you may be closer than you think.
Drive—-a high degree of motivation
Courage—-tenacity and persistence
Goals—-a sense of direction
Knowledge—-and a thirst for it
Chance taking—-willingness to risk failure
Enterprise—-willing to tackle tough jobs
Persuasion—-ability to sell
Outgoingness—-friendlyPatient yet impatient—-patient with others, yet impatient with the status quo
Adaptability—-capable of change
Perfectionism—-seek to achieve excellence
Humor—-ability to laugh at self and others
Versatility—-broad interests and skills
Curiosity—-interested in people and things
Individualism—-self-esteem and self-sufficiency
Realism/idealism—-occupied by reality but guided by ideals
Imagination—-seeking new ideas, combinations, and relationships
Okay, that’s enough. I told you creative thinking was hard work! But there is something even harder … and that’s change. It’s admitting the need, being honest and humble enough to face the facts, then secure enough to consider new ideas, methods, or devices, to pull it off. Swallowing our pride shouldn’t be that difficult, since that’s what we eat all day.
Go ahead and give it a whirl. Take one of those many things that keeps dragging you under and search for a creative way to solve the problem. And don’t quit until it’s done … and that smile of relief returns to your face.
I know you can do it! You did it before and it worked. And that problem was so huge you could hardly continue. Then came the change … the most important decision you ever made based on the most innovative combination ever devised. A man. A cross. Blood. And belief.
God defines it: “The introduction of something new … a new birth.” I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/6wjlTv
TONIGHT I Pray that you experience true intimacy with God. I pray that that you “know” Him as never before and are consumed by His Spirit!!…I pray that all spirits of confusion to loose their hold on your life and you to be released from the hold of any evil strongman in the name of Jesus!! Let every tree planted by fear in your life dry up to the roots and every seed of bitterness, anger and resentment be released from your mind, heart and soul! I pray that His peace comes over you, your family and purpose! I pray that you are preserved and protected by His Power! Cast all your cares over to Jesus – for He cares for you. In Jesus name, Amen and Amen. God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6wQFwp
Innovation, Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,But he who hates reproof is stupid. Proverbs 12:1
Webster defines it: “The introduction of something new … a new idea, method, or device.” When we innovate, we change, we flex. We approach the standard operating procedure, not like a soft-footed Native American scout sneaking up on a deer by the brook, but rather like Wild Bill Hickok in a saloon with both guns blazing.
It takes guts to innovate, because it requires creative thinking. Thinking is hard enough, but creative thinking—-ah, that’s work! To get the juices squirting, you have to be dissatisfied with the status quo.
Take photography, for example. For years, the same old procedure … which required long periods of delay. Nobody even thought about hurrying up the process. Not until a guy named Edwin Land formed a company with a funny name—-Polaroid.
Sometimes innovation is forced on us. Take December 7, 1941. We got caught with our military pants down. Before American planes could get airborne, or even out of the hangar, most of them were destroyed. We were forced to ask the obvious: “How can we get the planes out of the hangars fast?”
A fellow by the name of Mitchell solved the problem in a most innovative way. He simply turned the question upside down and asked the unobvious: “How can we get the hangar away from the planes—-fast?” The result (after the inevitable laughter and rejection) was a two-piece hangar. Each section was mounted on wheels with sufficient power to separate the two at thirty-five miles an hour … which enabled the fighter planes to take off in several different directions. Fast.
Now, you’re thinking: Land and Mitchell are geniuses. And you are ready to toss in Newton and Bell and Edison and Ford and the Wright brothers. And you’re also telling yourself that there aren’t many of those gifted people spread around. Granted, those men might very well qualify as geniuses … but if you ask them, they’ll tell you another story. J. C. Penney once observed, “Geniuses themselves don’t talk about the gift of genius; they just talk about hard work and long hours.” It’s the old one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration answer.
Let’s have four “greats” take the stand and testify. These are their actual words:
Michelangelo: “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery; it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.”
Thomas Carlyle: “Genius is the capacity for taking infinite pains.”
Ignancy Jan Paderewski: “A genius? Perhaps, but before I was a genius I was a drudge.”
Alexander Hamilton: “All the genius I may have is merely the fruit of labor and thought.”
Are innovative people really that rare? Not if you listen to Sheldon David, TRW’s former vice president:
The capacity to exercise a relatively high degree of imagination, ingenuity, and creativity in the solution of organizational problems is widely, not narrowly, distributed in the population.
You know what that says to me? It says there are a whole lot more innovative people (who currently see themselves only as “drudges”) than any of us can imagine. In fact, you may very well be one of them!
We’ll look into that tomorrow. You might be surprised at what you discover. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I Pray that you thank the Lord for all of the conditions that require you to be still. I pray that you don’t spoil these precious quiet times between you and God, by being impatient or wishing them away. Sometimes the Lord moves mightily when you are ill or in a hospital. I pray you run to Him in your weakness and rest in the comfort of the Presence of the Lord. Take your mind off of your problems and put all of your focus on Jesus. Never forget that He is able to do more than you can ask or even imagine. When things are at their darkest the safest place for you to be is in His will. I pray that you allow His Peace to settle over you, along with the Blessed assurance that He will never leave you or forsake you ever. In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!! God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6vtn5L
Gone for Good
He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. —Micah 7:19
Have you ever done anything you wished you hadn’t done and were ashamed of? If you have repented of that sin and have turned your back on it, then the Bible clearly declares that you are forgiven.
In speaking of our sins, God says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25). And Micah 7:19 tells us that God will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Have you ever lost anything in a lake or in the ocean? It’s pretty much a lost cause. Once it goes down, it goes way down.
Years ago I was scuba diving in Hawaii. As we started making our way out, it was about fifteen feet deep, then about twenty feet deep, then about seventy feet. We kept going, and the shelf of sand kept lowering and lowering. Then all of a sudden, it dropped straight down. I looked down and could not see the bottom. It was scary. I looked at that and hovered there for a minute. Although I wasn’t any deeper than I had been three minutes before, I turned around and started swimming back. I can guarantee that if you dropped something down to those depths, you would never see it again.
God has taken your sin and has thrown it into the deepest part of the sea. To put it another way, it is gone. Therefore, you need to accept God’s forgiveness and put it behind you. Do it now!!! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
TONIGHT I PRAY THAT you realize that understanding will never bring you peace. That is why the Lord Jesus asks us to trust in HIM and not lean on our own understanding. Human beings always want to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over our own lives. That as the world presents you with these problems and another set of problems pops up to challenge you, the relief you had anticipated it short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing up again: searching for understanding (mastery of your own problems), instead of seeking the Lord. I pray that the Peace of the Lord is not an elusive goal hidden at the center of some complicated maze. I pray that you realize you can have HIS Peace, which is inherent when you are in HIS Presence. As you look to the Lord Jesus you will gain awareness of HIS Precious Peace. I pray that no matter what storms may come to try and upset that balance, that you stop and affirm your trust in HIM alone. Leave everything in HIS capable hands. Through trusting prayers, resting in His sovereign control, rejoice in HIM! As you trust in him, He will watch over you continually. You are his child and HE has engraved you on the palm of His hands. I pray you realize how great you are loved! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!… God bless you!!!!! ♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6vRfsv
Lapses of Faith
What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” —Romans 4:3
The Bible doesn’t teach that if you are a Christian, you will never stumble or periodically fall short. But it does teach that if you are a true believer, when you have had a lapse or a stumble, you always will get up and move forward. That is the way to determine whether a person is really a believer or not.
When God came to Abraham in Ur and told him to break away from his family, Abraham basically refused and didn’t go for years. Even after he left, he only partially obeyed God by dragging his nephew Lot along. This only resulted in more friction down the road, when he and Lot eventually parted company. In the course of Abraham’s life, we can also see other lapses of faith. Abraham told his beautiful wife, Sarah, to say that she was his sister because he was afraid someone would kill him if they realized he was indeed her husband. He did that on two occasions.
There were a number of acts of disobedience on Abraham’s part.
Having said that, it is also important to point out that although he deviated occasionally from the straight and narrow, he always came back.
If a person says he or she is a believer and falls away and never comes back, then that person is not a believer. As 1 John 2:19 says, “When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.” (NLT). But if a person is a true believer, then he or she will be miserable in sin and eventually will beat a quick path back to the cross of Calvary.
This was great!!! I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did. Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
TONIGHT I Pray that every part of your being will come into divine alignment with the will of God. Lord, everything that you are doing in this season let the Holy Spirit sensitize and include us!!! I bind up the spirit of fear and declare that you approach the throne of grace boldly with great confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ!!! For it is through Him that every blessing and benefit will be assigned to you and your family! Let the Spirit of the Living God teach you that you can grow strong in your weakness when you put all of your trust in the Lord!!! For it when you do this that the glory of the Lord will rise through you!!! Stand on that faith!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love you all… God bless you!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6v2sz3
He made us accepted in the Beloved. —Ephesians 1:6
All that God has done has been because of His grace, which means “unmerited favor.” You aren’t merely forgiven, justified, and cleansed of your sins; you have been received in love by God Himself. This is because of His deep love for His own Son, Jesus. Because His Son lives in you, you have found His favor. You have the approval of God because of what Jesus has done.
Some people have been raised in homes in which their father may have never demonstrated any kind of love toward them. Maybe he was cold and distant. Or maybe they, like me, were raised in a home where there wasn’t a father at all. We can transfer those emotions to God the Father. We can walk around in life feeling as though we don’t have the approval of God: If I just did this, God would notice. If worked a little harder, then God would love me.
God approves of you. You are “accepted in the Beloved” — not because you read your Bible a little bit longer, share Christ with more people, or give a little more in the offering. You are still accepted even when you don’t do all of that. You are accepted in the Beloved when you fail, when you trip up. You are accepted in the Beloved not because of what you have done, but because of what He has done.
In understanding this great truth, however, you should want to do everything for His glory—not to earn His approval, but because you already have it. Loved this devotional today from Pastor Greg. I am so happy that I am accepted and loved by the Lord!!! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
Tonight I Pray that the Lord will give you HIS peace. I pray that you stand on your faith realizing that He is our strength and our shield and that even before we arise from our beds He is at work in our lives. The Lord is the stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who trust in Him. He loves us with an amazing all-encompassing love that is perfect!!! He will provide us with the strength that we need to move forward in our walk with Him. I pray that whenever you start to feel afraid you hold tightly to HIS hand. He will lead you on the road ahead and no matter how dark or foggy it may seem He knows the way!!! He is always alert and active and He will protect us from all dangers. I pray that you put all of your trust in our good Shepherd Jesus and you can begin to rest in HIS sheltering Presence!!! Walk in that faith!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen!!! I Love You All!!! God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6tYVwj
Start Where You Are, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,
“This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day,* says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”*
Then he says,
“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”*
And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.
A Call to Persevere
And so, dear brothers and sisters,* we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death,* Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
One of the most encouraging things about new years, new weeks, and new days is the word new. Webster reveals its meaning: “refreshed, different from one of the same that has existed previously … unfamiliar.”
Best of all, it’s a place to start over. Refresh yourself. Change directions. Begin anew.
Yesterday, we discussed the first step in such a venture: determining where you are. It took spending time in a fish’s belly for the prophet Jonah to see his own sin and rebellion. But that experience pointed him toward the right direction: obedience. You can find the full story in Jonah 1–4.
Just as there are few atheists in foxholes, so there are few rebels in fish stomachs. Perhaps you can identify rather easily with Jonah. This hasn’t been your all-time-spiritual-high-plateau year, right? You’ve dodged and ducked, squirmed and squeaked your way through one Tarshish trip after another. But no more. You’re tired. Exhausted says it better.
Swallowed alive by your circumstances says it best. You feel oppressed, guilty, overused, and underdeveloped. You’re not that old … but you’ve run a long way. Few moons but many miles. A subtle whisper in your ear says, “You’re through. Finished. Burned out. Used up. You’ve been replaced … forgotten.”
That’s a lie! A carefully timed deception by the enemy of your soul. Look at what the prophet Joel wrote to all the Jonahs who may have been reading this book. God was speaking:
“I will make up to you for the yearsThat the swarming locust has eaten.” (Joel 2:25)
If God can take a disobedient prophet, turn him around, and set him on fire spiritually, He can do the same with you. He is a Specialist at making something useful and beautiful out of something broken and confused.
Where are you? Start there. Openly and freely declare your need to the One who cares deeply. Don’t hide a thing. Show God all those locust bites. He’s ready to heal every one … if you’re ready to run toward that Nineveh called tomorrow. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
Tonight I Pray that you come to the Lord Jesus with all of the difficulties in your life. I pray that as you lay your cares at His throne that you will also thank Him for all of the Joy and Goodness that He brings into your life. That as you pray your faithfulness reaches to the clouds as a pleasing aroma to God. I pray that you never forget that your future as His child is in HIS hands and that nothing will take Him by surprise! That even when our future seems dark and unclear we can look to Jesus knowing that it is when we put all of our trust in Him that He will help us to navigate through the maze of life before us. I pray that you realize that I can do ALL things through Christ Jesus!!! Stand on that faith and walk in HIS Light!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love You All… God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6t1NrM
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