Many years ago a man conned his way into an orchestra although he could not play a note.  He would hold his flute against his lips, pretend to play but not make a sound. Then one day the leader requested a solo from each musician.

The man was panic-stricken.

On the day of his solo performance, he took poison and killed himself.

The explanation of his suicide led to a phrase that found its way into the English language:  “He refused to face the music.”

My question for you is simply this: 

Are you afraid to face the music?

Or, maybe I could ask… Are you panic-stricken?

Believers are killing themselves, in every area of their lives, simply because they refuse to face the music.

Don’t be one of them.

See, there are Christian believers dying of cancer. They are loosing their homes. They are busting up their marriages. Simply because they won’t stand and take their God given authority and face the music. They’d rather roll over and die. They are poisoning themselves with the lies of the enemy.

If this is you…if the devil is eating your lunch or hey, maybe he’s eating you…

Face the music.

How?

Grab your Bible, get reading, and start saying the things you read.

Yes, it’s simple. Say what you read. Just like when you were in school. Pretend if it helps, that you are in your little oral reading group. Read. Out loud. Listen to what you are reading.

Read your Bible till it gets down into your spirit and you start believing it. Read your Bible so the devil knows your getting a dose of truth to tackle his lies.

Get Your Facts Straight:

You do not have to die of cancer. You do not need to lose your home. Your marriage doesn’t have to bust up. You’re going to get this figured out. God’s going to help you. You’re a conqueror. Start acting like one.

Conquerors face the music.

Romans 8:37 AMP

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

As you read God’s promises out loud, it will put confidence in your spirit, fear in the enemy, and you will see things change. 

For example, take the scripture above. Read it out loud. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

…Did you read it? Good. Now, make that scripture personal. Like this: “Yet amid all these things, I am more than a conqueror and I am gaining a surpassing victory through Him Who loves me.” Nice, huh?

Read it again. No joke. Read it out loud. Again. And again. Read it until you memorize it. Repeat it. Think it. Repeat it again.

Get a little crazy and write it on a post-it note or index card and tape it to your mirror. Say it every time you go to the bathroom. Out loud. Every-time. Why?

Because sooner or later you’re going to begin to believe it. And when you do, you’ll see things change.

Ready?

I know you are. Get out there and face the music.
I’m rooting for ya!

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Faith. If you’ve got it… it pleases God. If you don’t…well, let’s just say your dead in the water. When it comes to your strength as a Christian, the most important ingredient is faith. So if you feel a little “stuck” in the faith department, look no further. I’m going to show you a way to understand what faith is and how you can get more of it.

I was reading the most quoted verse in the Bible on faith, Hebrews 11:1. And to be honest, this is a hard verse to swallow. Come on, God’s asking us to believe in something we can’t see. Trust, sometimes when there’s no evidence. And stay hopeful in the midst of desperate times. Not easy, is it?

In order to make the verse easier to digest, I picked it apart. Word by word. Line by line. I wanted to figure it out. So here’s what I did with this famous verse on faith – I used a mindmaping app on my iPad to diagram it. I’m sharing the diagram and my results with you.

Picking this verse apart gave me a fresh new way to look at faith. My faith is stronger and I have a better idea of the kind of faith God wants me to have. Take a peek at the diagram by clicking below, it’ll help you get a better grip on your faith too. (Oh, and be sure to look all the way down to the blue cloud on the bottom…it’s the clincher!)

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The next time you get stuck on a verse and it just doesn’t make sense, try diagraming it. Picking it apart word by word is a great tool. Kinda like taking one bite of the Bible at a time. Your faith will ramp up and you’ll add a little spice to your Bible reading time. Enjoy!

Feeling like your walk with God is bone-dry? If you’re feeling parched, like you can’t swallow spiritually, then you need a drink my friend. Let me pour you one.

There is a story of a farmer who owned an orchard in a valley full of orchards. One year the drought was harsher than all the previous years. Yet his trees were more fruitful than the surrounding ones. The other farmers’ trees were brown while his were still green. They gathered one day to ask his secret.

He replied, “My trees can go another four weeks without water. You see, when they were young, I often withheld water from them so that their roots were forced to drill deeper to find water. So while other trees are dying, mine are drinking from a much deeper source.”

The world around you can suck you dry. When this happens…

Drill down, and get your water from a deeper source.

Erma Bombeck understood that other people’s fears, skepticism, and negativity could be as contagious as the flu. And unless you’ve built up your immune system, some people can knock you for a loop — especially when the people doing the nay-saying are right in your own backyard, the cubical next to yours, or on your “friends” list.

You have one choice.

Don’t look for support from people whose spiritual life has not

prepared them to stand in faith fully. 

Instead…

Drill down, and get your water from a deeper source… God’s Word.

Just as a tree gets nourishment from the roots tapping into the water below, believers get their nourishment from reading the Bible.

A very simple way to begin is to start with the book of Proverbs.

This book has 31 chapters. And like taking a one-a-day multivitamin, you read a chapter a day. Match the day to the chapter, so if it is the tenth of the month, simply read Proverbs 10.

Choose one or two verses that the Holy Spirit seems to highlight just for you. Then using the acrostic, SOAP, write what you get out of it in a notebook.

– Stands for scripture – Write the scripture out.
– Observation – Write down what it is saying to you. It can be just a few sentences.
– Application – Make an application to your life. How will you be different today because of what you have just read? Let it change you.
– Prayer – Write down something you are asking God to help you with. Pray the scripture over your life.

Drill down and get your water from a deeper source! Then even if everyone around you is withering, you’ll flourish and survive.

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