The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Latent Power? January 9, 2011

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Abraham Lincoln

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44

Latent: “(of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden; concealed” New Oxford American Dictionary

Don't think for once God doesn't want you to be powerful... Having said that, I grew up struggling with the beatitudes given by Christ in the sermon on the mount. If you're poor, meek, or sad His blessings come as needed support and encouragement, and that's good. But if you have dreams of success it can sound discouraging and instill guilt. But the Bible says that “love conquers all,” it doesn't say love always loses but is the most honorable, it says “those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength and mount up on wings as eagles,” it doesn't say believing in God will lead to sorrow and weakness. So what was Christ really saying? Was He actually giving instructions on how to succeed? When Jesus instructs us to turn the other cheek or go the extra mile is He really telling us how to gain power in a powerless situation? Think of it this way; if we're forced to carry a soldiers gear for a mile there is obviously nothing we can do about it, right? But if we volunteer to carry it another mile, that soldier becomes in debted to us does he not? Not only does it change that persons attitude towards us, it solidifies and publicizes our righteousness in the situation, winning our support from others. Next time we're faced with a humbling situation let's try our best to humble ourselves, let Christ's character shine through our actions and let the power of God do our battling. It may be latent now, but in this life or the next we are sure to earn victory and power beyond explanation.

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