Leaving It All On the Field for Jesus Christ as the Clock Ticks Down
I am so excited to welcome Guest Blogger Dianne Butts! Her contact information is below this post. Let us hear your thoughts on this excellent blog. ~Nancy
By Guest Blogger Dianne E. Butts
It’s the beginning of a new year and many, if not most, people have at least some random thoughts about the coming year: what they'd like to accomplish this year or what they'd like to change in their lives. Are there areas you'd like to improve upon? Goals you want to work harder toward? Dreams you want to achieve? For me, as the clock ticks forward in time for all of us, I sense an increasing urgency to do all I can to impact this world for Jesus Christ and be used by Him to bring others into His kingdom for all eternity.
What about you? What is your priority for your life? Do you, too, have that urgent sense that time is ticking away and running out?
Also at this time of year, if you're a football fan, time is ticking toward the Super Bowl. Maybe your team is already out of the running. But maybe you're hoping your team will make it all the way. (Go Broncos!)
I've heard athletes and coaches urge each other on saying, "Leave it all on the field!" This means leave everything you've got out there – all your energy, all your skills, everything you've learned, everything you've gained through your experiences. All of it. Expend it. Use it. Leave it out there. Don't "save" some of it for the next game. Don't sit on the sidelines and keep it to yourself. Get out there on the field and give it all you've got!
In Nancy’s post on 11/30/14 titled "The Night is Almost Gone," these inspiring words:
Ask God to reveal to you what your role is in sounding the alarm. You may not be a prophet, but you are a redeemed, beloved disciple who is called to be salt and light. Be sure your alarm is not droning on unheeded, first. Then, get serious about your part in touching a wounded, bleeding world who needs the Light of Christ.
I don't want to get to eternity and think: I wish I would have tried harder.
- I wish I wouldn't have been afraid to tell someone about Jesus.
- I wish I wouldn't have let that opportunity to talk about Jesus go by (Ephesians 6:19-20).
- I wish I hadn't been embarrassed by or "ashamed of the gospel" (Romans 1:16).
- I wish I would have tried harder, worked harder for the Kingdom of God.
When I get to eternity, I want to know I did everything I could to bring people to Jesus. I'm searching for and creating ways to do that. How might you do this?
Start with prayer. Ask God to guide you to where He wants you working. In what way has he perfectly designed you to reach out with His good news?
Next, study. Of all the books we can study, the Bible is first priority. Get a "through the Bible in a year" and read it daily. If you're behind or get behind, don't get discouraged. Just read two day’s worth until you're caught up. Attend a very good Bible study if you can. Also read other good books. Some of my favorite authors are Jonathan Cahn, Mark Blitz, the late Grant R. Jeffrey, Pastor John Hagee, and Dr. David Jeremiah.
Then, go out and make disciples. Find a way. What is your expertise in life? Where has God already placed you? Start there, unless He calls you elsewhere. Other ways you can share Jesus from where you are right now might include a blog like this one. You can use social media including Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter to reach people all over the world! I Tweet a lot and I get a lot of responses from people asking questions, including atheists, Muslims, and people of other faiths. You might be a speaker. A writer. An actor. (Karen Covell, Founding Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network says, "Hollywood is the most influential mission field on earth.") You might be a preacher, a secretary, a factory worker, or a waitress. Wherever you are, God has placed you there strategically so you can reach a specific sphere of people whom no one else can reach.
I believe 2015 will be an important year. Every year is important of course, but some years we can foresee events that will make it different and perhaps more important than others in history, such as election years. In 2015, for the second year in a row we will witness a total lunar eclipse on the first and the last of the seven annual Jewish holy days (on Passover, April 4, and the Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015). There will also be a total solar eclipse seen in certain parts of the world (March 20, 2015). I believe these events are incredibly important spiritually – signs from God. Do others think I'm crazy? Sure. And I hear from them. But I believe it. So I'm leaving it all out there on the field. I'm talking about it and blogging about it and Tweeting and Facebooking about it because I hope my efforts might save some (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
If you'd like to follow my blog, find it here: http://www.BiblePropheciesFulfilled.blogspot.com/
If you'd like to know more about these lunar and the solar eclipses, read more on my blog here:
If you'd like to stay tuned with me, join my Facebook Events here:
Follow me on Twitter @DianneEButts and @BAboutWriting
Someone once asked another believer, "How do you want to leave this world?"
The answer came back, "Exhausted."
That’s what I want to do: I want to leave it all here. Every ounce of energy. Every moment of time. Every opportunity exploited to the full. (I've missed enough of those already. I want to do better from here on out.)
What will you prayerfully plan to do in 2015 in order to "leave it all on the field for Jesus Christ"?
Prize Writer Competition FINALIST
The winners of the Prize Writer Competition will be announced and televised on World Book Day 5th March 2015
I’m so excited that my novel, “Masked in Deceit” has been named in the finalist choices for the Bookbzz.com competition for 2015! Next week Bookbzz will share a link for readers to vote on the finalists and these votes, along with their judges will decide the winners. I will be so honored if you would respond to that, especially those of you who have told me how much you enjoyed the book. I will be posting the link as soon as it comes out. Masked in Deceit is a Christian based mystery novel. I absolutely love that so many of you have expressed your appreciation for a good, clean suspense story (with a little romance thrown in) that you can enjoy without all the crudeness we so often find in novels. It encourages me to keep writing.
I’m not comfortable with constant selling messages of my books, but once in awhile I do like to share with my readers reminders to give my books as gifts to others or maybe just share on facebook, twitter or other social media. It would encourage me so much and I would definitely do the same for you.
Lastly, I just want to say how much I appreciate those who regularly visit my blog! I don’t see a lot of comments, but the emails you’ve sent and private messages mean so much. I am always here for you should you need prayer or ministry. I am not in this to make a living---but to administer the love of God in any way that I can.
Praying you all have a blessed and joy-filled week!
NancyTags: Masked in Deceit Christian mystery suspense novel false flags gun control tactics fiction conspiracy theories1 comment Read 205 times
10 Tips for Conquering the dreaded “Monday”
A new week dawns. Many groan over the Monday morning alarm. It’s often challenging to get back into a routine when you’ve experienced a restful, playful and overall enjoyable weekend. Isn’t there some way to look forward to Monday? Seems it would behoove us all to find that key because most would benefit by finding that one little element that causes us to feel a positive anticipation when the alarm goes off and Monday’s face peeps into the fuzzy blanket of dreams.
I find that on Sunday evening a little cloud begins to emerge. Some tell me they actually get pretty depressed on Sunday nights. What a shame! We waste some valuable weekend time, dreading the new week. There must be a reason that we do that. Don’t many of us have the careers we dreamed of---the job we went for with great gusto? And of course, many do not have that, though it’s a great time to remind ourselves what it would be like without a job when we need one.
As I was perusing facebook comments and memes which always include laments over Mondays, I began to wonder why year after year we don’t conquer that little devil. Is it because we just enjoy complaining about Monday? Maybe. Or, does it run deeper than that?
Maybe we need to have a paradigm shift. We need to take hold of this little rascal of doom and put him to rest for good. Here are a few ideas to help in stopping the dread of Monday.
Ways to Look Forward to Monday:
Make a conscious decision on Friday as you leave work to be positive about Monday. Leave work at work; take a deep breath as you leave. Mentally leave it there.
Before you go, deposit a little encouraging note with your favorite scripture, saying or inspirational words on your desk or somewhere at your workplace to find on Monday morning. C’mon--just try it. You’ll surprise yourself!
Every time you think of work over the weekend, stop and switch gears to focus on being present with family, friends and activities, so that your work energy is stored up for the new week. Your quality of weekend activities will be enhanced as well.
Pray for a love of what you do; that you could perform your duties as unto the Lord, no matter how much a stretch that might seem.
Ask God to give you creative ideas to make your work more meaningful and enjoyable. Be alert and watch for ways God is answering that request.
Evaluate your level of “serving.” Do you have a ‘servant heart’ as we’re taught in scripture? No matter what your level of expertise or power, serving others in some way will bring favor with God and man….and a sense of peace and fulfillment in your heart.
If you are miserable and feel that your career is not what it should be, begin to ask God to move that mountain and position you in the right place of work.
If you have conflict in your workplace, realize that you do not fight flesh and blood, but spirits of darkness. Pray accordingly. One thing I learned through years of office conflicts, is that when I began to pray for my enemies with the right motives, things changed. I changed; they changed. God worked and it was a blessing.
Start your Monday morning with positive affirmations, scriptures, praise music, and determination to see a productive week. Don’t agree with the enemy. Send your agreements into the spirit realm to connect with God’s promises. He wants you to have joy, at home and at work.
Tell yourself that you look forward to Monday because it’s a fresh week with a clean slate. If you’re refreshed from a good weekend, an attitude of gratitude emerges and you become a light in a dark world. Isn’t that what you want?
Work as unto the Lord and as unto men. Whatever you do, workheartily, as for the Lord and not for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45
So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? Eccles 3:22
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matt 5:44
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
New Year’s Promises Waning?
We are now beginning the second week of January and life seems to be retreating into it’s usual routines and schedules. The numerous memes and themes and blogs with messages of hope, renewal and motivation are waning. We jumped wholeheartedly on the bandwagon of fresh inspiration and enthusiasm for a new year and now, as the days evolve into weeks, doubt starts to creep in.
Stop!! Doubt and unbelief are killers. We must take authority over the warring factions within. I am talking to myself. I woke up this morning from a relatively pleasant dream and before getting out of bed was somehow transported into a deluge of negative thoughts. They were just pouring into my mind and as I sat up and stretched, I thought, “Where is this coming from?” Aha. It more than likely was the enemy of my soul, trying to start my day with a downcast outlook. Thankfully, I recognized it immediately and began to pray and rebuke those thoughts. Sometimes when this happens it takes a little while to get the mind cleared. When it happens to you, ask the Lord to take over and He will do it!! “Taking every thought captive to the obedience of His will” (2 Cor 10:5) is a scripture worth memorizing as a reminder to be in control of the direction your thoughts and attitudes take.
Isn’t it interesting how we can be looking forward to a new year, enthusiastic, hopeful and full of good plans, and with a few nasty strikes from below, we can just throw up our hands and give in. Don’t do it!!! Stand up and fight. Rise above the attacks. It IS a new year with new opportunities and incredible assignments from your Father. Is it possible those little demons know that and do their best to bog you down before the plan develops? You bet they do.
I want to challenge you today to keep your focus. God has good plans for your new year. He is repositioning His people for things that are coming in the world. He has an individualized, unique purpose for each of us, and we can only take hold of that when our focus is clear and undivided. We must recognize when we are being distracted and deceived.
The best way to fight this battle is to stop those thoughts the instant they hit your brain. Stop and go to the Lord and ask for His assistance in the battle. Repeat those promises of God that have sustained you in the past. Declare that you are standing with your CEO in taking over the world----the fleshly, dark side---and walking in the Light! You will be amazed at what the Lord does for you when you use the Power that is in you to take authority. Rise up, my friend, and enjoy the fruit of the Spirit’s work in and around you!
The days move on, and maybe it would benefit us to post little notes around our workplace or on our mirrors that remind us of the enthusiasm we had on Jan. 1st. We must contain that and continue to believe for the good things coming. The world is spinning out of control, but God’s children are firmly planted on the path of righteousness and heading toward a year of new and beautiful beginnings.
How do you know you’re not being deceived?
How confident are you that you are in sync with the truth? Daily we see posts on social media sites with arguing, debating and insulting comments because people are willing to speak out for what they believe. It’s interesting because each person believes they have the truth. And yet, their views are diametrically opposed. People choose where to get their news, who to follow on networking sites, which authors’ books to purchase and share, and so on. Naturally, each chooses those according to sources which agree with their own principles and philosophies. I find that most people would never even stop to consider that they could be deceived at any level. If so-and-so said it or reported it, it has to be true. We all know that there are corrupt people on both sides of the political aisle. We all know that the media doesn’t always tell the truth. (Don’t we all know that?) There is an emotional current that runs hard and deep to the point that even longtime neighbors or co-workers cannot have a calm, mature discussion over an issue. Our country has become a place of division and dissention like never before in history.
Recently, I’ve made attempts to research a number of news sources, publications and teaching sites online. This probing has encompassed all political parties, church denominations, religions and news reporting sites. I’m amazed at the way people can write, report, publish absolutely anything they please and it is accepted as pure truth. We need to wake up! If we are discerning intercessors, we will learn to pray over every report we hear and not take as fact everything that is put out there. More than once in the past week, I have sensed the Lord giving me a warning in my spirit as I begin to to get upset over a news report. Everyone in power has an agenda, and they are not all good ones.
I’ve learned also that devious people will quickly label others “conspiracy theorists” because that will cause listeners to immediately dismiss any questions they might have. It’s easier to ignore what’s uncomfortable if you can put the blinders on, say it’s baloney and go on with your life. Yes, there are conspiracy theorists who seem a little wacky, but there’s usually some element of truth in most of their ideas.
The Bible teaches us that in the last days we will be bombarded with deception. Many agree we’re in the last days, but refuse to admit to any possibility of being deceived. Isn’t that a bit arrogant, and frightening---to think that you could never be deceived? We can all be deceived if we are not walking in the Spirit, led and counseled by the Holy Spirit daily. We hear teachers in churches who use a couple of scriptures and proceed to distort the Word of God horribly, and the people in the pews are nodding and saying amen because they have no clue they’re hearing an out-of-context, perversion of the truth, which is just fitting an agenda that’s being presented. If it’s performed in an enticing way, and has a few verses thrown in, it’s convincing enough for most folks.
Why am I writing this? I have no need to stir up controversy but feel the Lord is pressing me to speak out. Your political party is not your saviour (or the saviour of the world) and both parties are full of deception. Your biblical teachers, many of them, are following a path to the one world religion which, I might add here, is not pleasing to God, but is in prophecy as a precursor to the antichrist system. Why would Bible believing Christians support universalists and those who push for one religion for all, when that religion contradicts God’s Word and is blasphemous? The answer to that is that basically they don’t know what God teaches. It just sounds wonderful to have everyone agreeing and coming together in peace. It is a compromise with deadly consequences. Deception masquerades as an angel of light.
I am going to be writing many blogs that fall into the realm of areas and degrees of deception. Not because I want to, either. I believe the Lord is opening my eyes to many truths that are painful. I would prefer to be blissfully ignorant and act as though nothing is wrong. However, when the Lord impresses these things over and over again, along with other confirmations, I know I have no choice but to be obedient. It will definitely not make me popular.
All I ask of you, my readers and friends, is that you would take the time to stop and pray and think about your adamant beliefs and how they line up with scripture. Stop and pray about who you are following. I was very surprised when God opened my eyes to some leaders who were not what I thought they were. I have no plans or desires to bash anyone at all. I only want to encourage people to wake up and smell the cappuccino before it’s too late. I assure you that God is serious about our responsibility to know His Word and to know what is false.
As we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
Matt 18:7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!
1 Tim 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
John 14:6- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Matt 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect– if that were possible.
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Welcome to my website!
"Living in God's Rest...At Peace in a Chaotic World" and "Masked in Deceit," are both available now. Living in God's Rest can be purchased from any of your favorite booksellers online or in stores. Masked in Deceit, a novel, is available from Amazon. Both books are offered in ebook versions as well. I always appreciate reviews on the seller's sites. Just click the books below and you will find links to purchase.
Have a blessed day!