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If you want to change something about your life, the only way it can happen is if you change your DOMINANT BELIEFS. Something doesn’t have to be true; you just have to believe that it is true and for you it becomes true through the power of belief. This is why the reality of our world is constructed by our beliefs. CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS CHANGE YOUR WORLD! If I BELIEVE I am no match for my circumstances then I will be no match for my circumstances and they shall prevail. If I believe God is for me and that nothing can ultimately be against me then I shall prevail over my circumstances.

What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31 (NKJV)

 Change the inside and the outside will follow. Jesus said, “Wash the inside of the cup and then the outside will be made clean.” Make the spiritual adjustments in your life and the physical adjustment will occur. Weight loss is first a spiritual issue before it is a weight issue. Money is first a spiritual (heart) issue before it is a money issue. Addiction is first a spiritual issue before it is a physical issue. “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes’” (Mark 9:23 NKJV).

 What are the DOMINANT BELIEFS shaping your world? 

Just a thought,

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Hypnotic Slumber



From the beginning of time, men and woman have been under a hypnotic state, a spiritual slumber preventing their full attention and awareness to be expressed. It takes great teachers and thinkers to come along and awaken us to a reality that exists. A reality that previously under our sleep induced state couldn’t be detected.

Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. –The Apostle Paul

As one wise prophet said, “People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge” (see Hosea 4:6). Some people live their entire life under “mistaken certainties”, beliefs they hold to be true about their life and even life in general that are altogether false.

However, once a person believes something to be true (whether it is true or not,) for that person it becomes true and begins to act as if it is true. That person will begin interpreting reality in light of his bias seeking out facts to support his belief. I heard a term the other day called the “backfre effect” which occurs when, in the face of contradictory evidence, established beliefs do not change but actually get stronger. Also referred to as “confrmation bias.”

You must not assume that what you believe to be true is in fact TRUE, unless the source of that truth comes from Christ alone. Only Christ gives light through His Word to reveal what is true about who you are and who you can become in Christ. The truth is, we are the sum total of all we have been told and taught, and what we have been sold and bought over the years. Silly and ridiculous things such as “we have evolved from apes”, “there are no absolutes” and that “moral objectiveness doesn’t exist”. As the Apostle John said, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). Truth has never been more scarce in our county and world than it is right now. STAY AWAKE MY FRIEND. STAY AWAKE!

Just a thought, Carl

WHAT MATTERS MOST? Special Good Friday Devotion

I read someone’s post the other day; a well-known and highly respected pastor in our country. He was commenting on the recent legislation that was passed in Washington and the gist of his comments where the words “It doesn’t matter.” “Because God is sovereign.” He invited everyone to go ahead and disagree with his position but not to send an email because “It doesn’t matter.”

I began to think about what does matter and what doesn’t matter.

Some things matter and some things don’t. Whether or not Tiger Woods wins another Masters really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things. Who cares who wins Dancing With the Stars, other than my mom of course. If someone cuts you off in traffic, as annoying as it may be, it really doesn’t matter in the larger scope of things.

If you get in the wrong line at the grocery store thinking it was moving faster only to discover the person in front of you is paying with a check and waited until the very end of the transaction to pull out their check book, it really doesn’t matter.

But then there are some things that really do matter.

Random acts of kindness performed on behalf of those we love really matters. Praying for others in their hour need really does matter. Lending a helping hand to someone who is down and out matters as well.

On this Good Friday what really matters most?

Paul tells us.
1 Corinthians 15:1-5 (TEV) 1 “And now I want to remind you, my friends, of the Good News which I preached to you, which you received, and on which your faith stands firm. 2 That is the gospel, the message that I preached to you. You are saved by the gospel if you hold firmly to it—unless it was for nothing that you believed. 3 I passed on to you what I received, which is of the greatest importance: that Christ died for our sins, as written in the Scriptures; 4 that he was buried and that he was raised to life three days later, as written in the Scriptures; 5 that he appeared to Peter and then to all twelve apostles.”

Paul takes us to the cross (Jesus died), the cemetery (Jesus was buried), the calendar (raised to life on day three), and the crowd (Peter then over 5000 witnesses to his resurrection).

On this Good Friday, as we approach Easter, let’s focus on the things that really matter. Let’s not major on the minors or as Jesus said, “You strain out the nat and swallow the camel.”

Just a thought,


Fill It!

No one likes empty! No one likes an empty wallet or bank account. No one likes to go home to an empty house. That’s why 62 percent of American households include at least one pet. American’s own 164 million pets in this nation. No one likes empty things. You wake up craving cereal in the morning you pour your favorite cereal in your favorite bowl then you go to the refrigerator and the milk is empty.

We hate the empty feeling we get when we make a wrong choice, or the empty feeling single people feel when they go through a breakup.

EMPTY: containing nothing; not filled or occupied.

Many years ago, Billy Graham stood on the campus of one of our great universities and he asked the Dean of that University, “What is the greatest problem on your campus?” He replied in one word: “Emptiness.”

The human heart craves for meaning, and yet a time of spiritual emptiness haunts millions. We have never had more possessions, more entertainment, more so-called friends, or more technology… and yet we are so empty!

Thousands of years ago King David addressed the problem of emptiness when he wrote, “The Lord in my shepherd; I shall not want.” He was not talking just about physical want, but spiritual want and emotional want.

Maybe today you are feeling empty as you read this blog. Maybe your life is empty. That isn’t necessarily bad. It can mean there is room for something new that can fill it.

God is an expert at filling empty things. In 2 Kings 4 there is a story of a widow in desperate need. Her husband had died and creditors were coming to take away her two sons to pay off the debt. In desperation,

she tracks down Elisha and gives him the run down. Elisha asked the widow what she had in her house the widow said, “Nothing but a little oil.”

It is amazing that most of us are good at seeing “NOTHING”. Most people look at their life and see “nothing”. They look at their opportunities and see “nothing”. They look at their future and see “nothing.” They look at their jobs and see “nothing.”


If nothing is all you see, then nothing is all you will ever have! When lack and deficiency is all you see then lack and deficiency will be all you’ll ever have. Sometimes nothing can lead to something.

God creates out of nothing; and therefore,
until a man is nothing, God can make nothing of him. –Martin Luther

This widow had something: she had “a little oil.” She was soon to realize that God specializes in “little.” Jesus used a mustard seed as an illustration of faith and God’s Kingdom. The mustard seed is 1 or 2mm in diameter, yet according to Jesus it can grow into a large garden plant.

Miracles like a mustered seed start small. That is why Scripture reminds us, “Don’t despise the days of small beginnings.” Jesus took a little boy’s lunch and fed thousands. Never underestimate the power little.


This woman’s miracle began with one empty jar. You have to start somewhere. She went and borrowed as many jugs, jars and flasks as she possible could, and as long as she had an empty vessel, the oil from her single jar kept flowing.

This single mom started out with just a little oil. But that “little oil” grew into massive amounts of oil. The vessels ran out before the oil ran out!

LITTLE BECOMES MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT!! If all you have is a little song start singing it.
If all you have is a little joy start sharing it.
If all you have is a little love start giving it.

If all you have is a little wisdom start using it. If all you have is a little money start giving it. If all you have is a little gift start exercising it.


The oil was the channel, but God was the source. Your job is a channel of God’s blessing, but not your source. Your investments are a channel of God’s blessing, but not the source. Your talents, skills and abilities are a channel of God’s blessing, but they are not the source.


Just a Thought, Carl

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Dig It!


What’s the hardest job you’ve done?

For me, one of the hardest jobs I’ve worked would include pouring concrete with my brother-in-law. It was back breaking work for low wages.

When I was 16 I worked for a short time at a car wash – 8 hours straight with no break. But my toughest job was unloading 45 foot trailers for UPS.

Compared to air workers, military servicemen and women, frst responders and law enforcement, along with a host of other occupations, I’ve had it pretty easy.

As a kid, there was a particular job I feared. At the young age of 5 I can remember looking out the window of my mom’s car as I observed men working on the side of the road digging ditches. I can remember thinking to myself, “I hope I don’t ever have to have a job like that.” As I grew older, I came to realize that all of life can be compared to digging ditches.

…and he said, ‘Yahweh says this, “Dig in this valley ditch after ditch,” 2 Kings 3:13-20 (NJB)

In 2 Kings the prophet Elisha told the king of Israel, who desperately needed a miraculous supply of water, to dig some ditches. There is a life lesson in this story for you. The king didn’t need ditches, he needed water! But in order for God to send His supernatural provision of water, the king was going to have to dig a ditch.

The king didn’t need ditches. He needed water; plenty of water. But frst, he would have to dig a ditch.

What ditch is God commanding you to dig before He sends His provision?


Digging a ditch is how we exercise our faith. If we will do the possible, God will do the impossible. James reminds us in his letter, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).

We say, “God show me your handiwork!” And God says, “Ok, show me your hand!” Then He places a shovel in it and says, “Start digging!”

God can send the provision but we must frst act in faith and dig a ditch. We are to dig a ditch for the family, dig a ditch for the preservation of marriage, dig a ditch to develop godly character.

If you want a better marriage, then dig some ditches!
- Dig a ditch of kinder communication.
- Dig a ditch of preferring one another.
- Dig a ditch of regular date nights – at least twice a month. – Dig a ditch of practicing a healthy sex life.


If you’re single and desire to get married, then dig a ditch! Faith without works is dead.

- Dig a ditch of godly character.
- Dig a ditch refning your personality.
- Dig a ditch of cultivating your soul.
- Dig a ditch of good personal hygiene.
- Guys: dig a ditch of gainful employment.
- Dig a ditch of getting involved in your church and meeting other single people.


Digging ditches is about moving dirt. We need to move dirt to strike gold. For that one ounce of gold, miners dig up and haul away 30 tons of rock.

Do you want fnancial freedom? If you desire to make more, then spend less, save more and give more: DIG A DITCH!

- Dig a ditch of getting a budget.
- Dig a ditch of getting out of debt.
- Dig a ditch of honoring God with the tithe.


Want a closer walk with God? Dig some ditches.
- Dig the ditch of reading God’s Word daily.
- Dig the ditch of praying more often.
- Dig the ditch of listening to more encouraging uplifting worship music than secular music.
- Dig the ditch of attending church regularly, serving and getting connected in a life group.


Just a Thought, Carl