Your value comes from God. Not from people. Not from things.

Where do you put your value?

Your job?

How much money you have?

How you look?

Who you know?

The praise people give you?

A skill?

A talent?

Your kids?

Your spouse?

Something else?

This world is full of people who put their value in something… other than God.

You are priceless to God.

You are unendingly loved by God.

You are precious to Him.

He wants the best for you.

He wants to bless you.

Yet… it’s so easy for people in general, including Christians, to put their value in something fleeting.

Money will come and go.

The appeal of your looks, will come and go.

Stuff we own, will come and go.

People we put our faith in will disappoint us.

The only constant is God.

Your marvelous value comes from God.

He provides strength, wisdom, peace, possessions, relationships, and everything else.

He’s our rock.

He’s our source.

Putting our value in anything other than God, will end up in hurt.

That doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate something we have, an ability, a thing… that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate relationships… but it’s when we find our value, our identify, or worth in something of this world… that’s when we’re in trouble… that’s when we’ll end up in pain and disappointment.

Put your value in God!

Recognize that your value comes from nothing in this world.

God created you.

God created you to be exactly who you are.

God created you to be unique.

You are loved beyond measure by the Creator of everything.

He cares about every detail of your life.

He’s there for you to pray to, to have conversation with, to talk about anything big or small.

What a wonderful feeling that is when you think about it.

Think about it!

Reflect on it.

It will fill you with joy.

It will make you proud to be a Christian.

It will make you realize how special you are.

It will shift any value you find in yourself from anything in this world to proper alignment with how God sees you.

Wonderful and priceless.

You are loved.

Reminder to You About You

You’re special!
You’re unique!

You have gifts and talents that no one else has!

You’re loved!
You have the ability to accomplish great things with God!
You’re a great friend!

You encourage people!
You lift people up!
You make people better!

You help people grow stronger in their faith!
Your life is an example of what it means to be a Christian!
You have so much to offer!

You are stronger than you think or realize!
You get through challenges that make other people crumble!
You’re a warrior in God’s kingdom!

Nothing keeps you down!
Nothing stops you!

You stand on the rock that is Jesus Christ, and when the winds of life come, you stand strong and steady.

You are talented!
You have a God given destiny to fulfill that doesn’t exist for part of your life, but your entire life.

You are disciplined.
You strive to live more Christ-like every day.

You don’t let the devil put any negativity in your mind.
You keep your mind focused on the good.
You keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.

You know Jesus is your strength.
You know God will get you through anything you face.

You keep stepping forward.
You stay committed to what you’ve committed to.

Your faith does not waver.
Your faith stays strong and only grows stronger.

You know this life isn’t about accumulating things, but instead impacting lives and being a positive influence.

You put God first in your life.
You glorify God for everything.

You stay consistent in prayer, and consistent in your pursuit of a relationship with God.

You know that when you draw near to God, He draws near to you, so you keep drawing near to Him, because you know there’s no better place than being close to God.

You know any negative words spoken against you aren’t true — they are just attempts from the devil to tear you down.

You let any negativity that comes into your mind leave as quickly as it came.

You know that you are a conqueror who stands with Christ.

You know that the Bible is the blue print to life and reading it consistently is the key to a strong Christian life.

You know walking through life with God is the greatest life you could ever live.

You know these truths, so keep these truths in your mind.

Because it’s these truths that lead to your thoughts, that lead to how you live your life.

Let these truths fill your mind, so they flow out of your life.

-Steinar Skipsnes

When You Feel Led by God to Pursue Something, Stay Persistent

When you feel led by God to pursue something, stay persistent!

Stick to it through challenges, through opposition, through obstacles.

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. …”
(Proverbs 24:16, NLT)

Made a mistake?
Try again!
Get up again!

Something didn’t work out?
Try again!
Get up again!

Something was harder than you thought it would be?
Try again!
Get up again!

Whatever it is.
Try again!
Get up again!

You will not stay down.
Your God given destiny is too important.

Someone may try to sabotage your success.
You will get up again!

Someone may gossip about you, trying to bring you down in some way.
You will get up again!

Someone may try to take advantage of you in some way.
You will get up again!

You will not stay down!
You will always stand up, and always be taking steps toward your God given destiny.

God is your strength.
God will take you to and through what He’s called you to do.
Lean on Him.

Don’t expect your path to be a cakewalk. It would be too easy for any of us to fall into a trap of thinking it’s because of our own smarts and strengths, not His wisdom, His working, and His strength.

He’s going to give you a path that requires faith.
Faith is pleasing to Him because faith requires Him.

God wants to always be the center of your life, so don’t expect to have a purpose that doesn’t involve being close to Him.

A failure, a mistake, a misstep are nothing more than stepping stones towards your purpose.

Don’t fear it.
Embrace it. 
Learn from it.

As long as you have peace from God about a decision, feel confident stepping forward.

You will never know where God can take you unless you step forward and do your part.

A muscle doesn’t grow unless it’s stretched, flexed, and had resistant put on it… And you don’t grow unless your stretched, flexed, and had resistance put on you.

Accept and expect challenges, obstacles, and opposition.
They’re all preparing you for where you’re going.

Stay close to God!
Listen to His guidance!
Feel His peace directing you!

Stay persistent!

Learn from each experience.
And let each lesson lift you to your next level!

-Steinar Skipsnes

Negativity That’s Fed Will Starve Your Wellbeing — Stay Positive

A quick lesson on weeds… 
Weeds compete fiercely with all types of plants (flowers, vegetables, fruits, etc.) for water, sunlight, and nutrients.
Weeds take these critical elements of plant health, and leave them, starved, weak, and susceptible to disease.

Have you had a negative thought today?
Weed sprouted.

“I wish I was…”
Weed sprouted.

“Why does that person… and I don’t?”
Weed sprouted.

“I deserve…”
Weed sprouted.

Every negative thought you have gives birth to a weed in your mind that has the same effect as a weed in the ground.

It’s only purpose it to spread.
To consume.
To weaken.
To destroy.

Like a garden full of weeds that creates inferior plants, a mind full of negativity will produce inferior feelings.

Feelings that will make you feel lousy, jealous, sorry for yourself, and all sorts of other nasty feelings.

And the more you let negative thoughts linger in your mind, the more they will fester, the more they will grow, and the more they will lead you to think negatively about other things.

It’s a vicious cycle, which is why it’s so important to rip a negative thought out of your mind as soon as it enters, like a weed ripped out of the ground.

You rip it out by taking your mind away from it.

Don’t linger on it.
Don’t feed it another thought.
Stop it as a seed.

Negativity is straight from hell.

It’s straight from the devil trying to tear you down.

It’s trying to get you to believe you have no strength, when you’re full of strength through Christ.

It’s trying to put you on the bench, when God has given you specific talents that have made you more than capable to play on the field.

Its aim is to tell you “you can’t” or “you aren’t,” when you completely can and you fully are.

Don’t fall for the devil’s deceitful trap.
Don’t let him get you to defeat yourself.

You control your thoughts!
You choose what you think about!

Take control.
Take your thoughts captive, as God calls us to in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV), “… we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Use that captive mind to focus on the good, as God calls us to in Philippians 4:8 (NIV), “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”

Live God’s Word, and watch good come from it.

Only good comes from listening to God.
Stick with God’s direction.

Stay positive!

-Steinar Skipsnes

A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart

A thankful heart is a happy heart.

People chase money to be fulfilled, but it’s a grateful heart that leads to a greater level of happiness.

Live with a thankful mindset.

See your blessings in the seemingly little things, and it will change how you see everything.

I don’t do this all the time, but I turned the faucet on the other day and I thought, “Thank you, Lord, for clean running water.”

It’s something that naturally happens periodically as I try to be aware of my blessings, both big and small.

I went to bed the other night and it was freezing outside, and I had the thought, “Thank you, Lord, for a warm bed.”

Little moments of recognizing seemingly little things like this will make such a positive difference in how you feel.

The more you stay conscious of your “little” blessings, the more a habit of being aware of all your blessings will develop, and it will serve as a constant flow of joy to your heart.

It will provide a continual boost to your level of happiness that does not cost a dime, and does not require you to do anything.

You can get up tomorrow and go about your day with your mind consumed with whatever you need to do, or as your day begins, and progresses you can have short moments of reflection and praise that are effortless, but will make your day so much better.

“Lord, thank you that I have a job that provides income.”
“Lord, thank you that I can take a warm shower.”
“Lord, thank you… ”

Try for 3 of these moments today.

3 little moments that you stop to recognize and praise God for. 
3 moments thanking God for things that you’d surely miss if they weren’t there.

Do that, and you’ll smile more.
You’ll feel better.

And not only will you feel better, but your joy will spill over into other peoples lives, and they’ll be happy to be around you because of how joy filled you are.

You’ll be friendlier.
You’ll make more friends.
You’ll benefit in so many ways.

3 times.

Try it not only today, but try it daily.

Try to thank God for your ability to do something, use something, or for something that you have that you’d miss if it were gone.

If you want to do it 5 times daily, great.
If you want to do it 10 times daily, even better.

The point isn’t a certain number.
The point isn’t to have gratitude every moment you turn around.
That’s unrealistic.

The point is to dial the awareness of the good things in your life up a bit, the things that are easy to take for granted, things that so many other people in the world wish they had or could do.

It’s to cultivate a consistent habit of thankfulness that will give you consistent happiness.

Take a small step today.
Try it with 3 things as a starting point.

It will change your attitude.
It will change your outlook.

Step into that perspective now.
You’ll be thankful you did.

-Steinar Skipsnes

Don’t Let Your Mind Outthink Your Heart — Listen to God Over Logic

Sometimes things make sense in your mind, but they don’t make sense in your heart.

Sometimes logic tells us certain decisions seem right, but we feel unsettled inside.

That’s God speaking to us.

He speaks to us through our conscience.

He uses peace to guide us in the direction He wants us to go, and an uneasy feeling to steer us away from paths we should stay away from.

And fighting that feeling, going against His will because you want that decision made your way, only makes it worse.

That uneasy feeling will build with each step you take in that deliberately mistaken direction.

You can deafen that feeling by avoiding God.
Avoiding prayer.
Avoiding time in the Word.

People do that all the time.
They want things their way, even if it’s to their detriment.

Don’t be that person.
Don’t make that painful mistake.
Don’t think you know best.
Don’t let the desires of what you think you want overcome the direction God is trying to give you.

It’s self-inflicted pain for the people that choose their wisdom over God’s wisdom.

It’s fighting against God’s protection.
It’s fighting against what God wants for them, which is their best.

God always wants the best for us.
He always wants us to make the right decision to be in His will, which is exactly where we should want to be.

It’s where we feel fulfilled and filled with purpose because it’s right where God created us to be.

We need to remember that He always has our best interest at heart, and while we can think we know best, He’s the only one that truly knows what’s best.

He sees the whole map of our lives.
He has the full view.
He created the map.

We only see down the street.

Let us always trust His direction.
Let us always try to stay in tune with His nudges.

You want these nudges to be felt stronger?
Get closer to God.

Stay consistent in prayer.
Stay consistent in praise.
Stay consistent in spending time in His presence, and in His Word.

Keep that up, and the stronger these feelings will be felt, and the clearer your guidance will be.

A God-guided life is a regret free life.
A God-driven choice is always the right choice.
A God obedient life is your most blessed life!

Live that life!

-Steinar Skipsnes

God is Your Source — Go to Your Source

God is our helper.
“So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. …”
(Hebrews 13:6, NKJV)

God is our friend.
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
(John 15:15, NKJV)

God uniquely created us for a purpose.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
(Ephesians 2:10, NKJV)

God didn’t send His son to give us the gift of eternal life, so that He would leave us on our own through this world.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
(Romans 8:32, NKJV)

No, He cares about every detail of our lives, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. 
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
(Matthew 10:30, NKJV)

He is our provider.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
(Matthew 6:25–26, NKJV)

He is our comfort.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
(Psalm 55:22, NKJV)

He’s our wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
(James 1:5, NKJV)

He’s the source of everything we need, both mentally and materially.

Do you feel any lack?
Is there any area of your life you feel empty or unsatisfied?

Go to God in prayer about it.

Don’t just think, “Oh, this is the way it’s going to be with this aspect of my life.”

No!

God’s Word says, “… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, NKJV)

That doesn’t mean abundance in certain areas of your life and lack in other areas.

There is no half or part with God.
We serve a God of completeness!

He completely covered our sins on the cross.
He wants our lives completely serving, obeying, and in relationship with Him.

Revelations 3:16 (NKJV) strongly says, “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” in reference to people living with one foot in the world and one foot in the Word.

He wants all of you, not part of you.
Nothing with God is part.

It’s all.
It’s fully.
It’s complete.

“… God is love.”
(1 John 4:8, NKJV)

He’s all love.
It’s always all with God.

So when His Word says, “… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, NKJV) have confidence and trust that those words cover all aspects of your life.

No lack.

No lack in joy!
No lack in health!
No lack in peace!
No lack in finances!
No lack in friendships!
No lack in your ability to be blessing!
No lack in your ability to serve!
No lack in your ability to love!
No lack in your ability to be loved!
No lack in your faith!
No lack in your willingness to forgive!
No lack in your willingness to help those in need!
No lack in any aspect of your life!

Feel a lack?
Go to Him in prayer.

Talk to Him like a friend about it.

Share specifically, so you know specifically when prayers are answered.

He cares.
He’s your counselor.
“… And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

There’s nothing too big or too small to go to Him with.

He wants to be involved in all aspects of your life, and He wants to impact all aspects of your life.
He wants to be the center of your life.

Let Him be the center, and let Him give you the wisdom and direction, that fills any lack you feel.

-Steinar Skipsnes

There’s Power in What You Say

There’s power in spoken words.
There’s power in spoken prayers.

Genesis does not say, “Then God thought, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light.” It says, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3, NKJV)

He said it!
He spoke it!

And if God spoke, and tremendous power was released to bring everything into existence, and we are created in His image (“So God created man in His own image…” (Genesis 1:27, NKJV)), it only makes sense that a verbalized prayer is a powerful prayer.

Add to that, the Bible tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” (Proverbs 18:21, NKJV)

Power!

What are you praying for?
What are you asking for direction on from the Lord?

Whatever it is, verbalize it! 
Vocalize it! 
Bring life to it!

Don’t be a passive prayer.

Don’t pray to check a box, and think, “Well, I prayed in my mind, so I did all I could do.”

No!

Put strength behind your prayers!
Put passion behind your prayers!

Let your prayers erupt from your mouth!

The Bible says, “… The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16, NKJV)
This tells us your passionate prayers have great benefit to you.

Passionate spoken prayers are powerful prayers!
Tap into the power the Bible tells you that you have!

Take your prayer life to new levels.

Let your power out!

-Steinar Skipsnes

Your Level of Love is Shown by Your Level of Priority

How much do you love your favorite things?
How much do you love your favorite people?
How much do you love God?

Your level of love is shown by your level of priority.

How much time are you spending with your favorite things?
How much time are you spending with your favorite people?
How much time are you spending with God?

What gets the bulk of your attention?

Whatever your level of attention is your level of priority.

Do you have dedicated time with God each day?

Do you set aside a specific time to focus on Him, listen to Him, praise Him, and raise prayer requests to Him?

Any healthy relationship requires quality time.

It takes time to develop a deep relationship.

Are you spending quality time in prayer, and in the Word of God?

If not, your priorities need reprioritization.

God is your strength.
God enables you to do things beyond what you can expect or imagine.
God is your source of wisdom.
God is your source of peace.
God is the giver of all your blessings.
God wants you to feel His great love.
God wants to be involved in every aspect of your life.
God is your greatest stability.

Why would any of us not want to deepen that relationship?

We all want fulfillment in our lives.
We all want to feel purpose.

Those are desires placed in our hearts by God because He gave us purpose.

He gave us all a unique calling that He equips us for.
He filled us with unique gifts and talents.
He made us a masterpiece, perfectly qualified for His will for each of us.

Why do we give things that don’t matter so much attention?

Why do we give what matters most, our relationship with our Heavenly Father, less time than we should?

It’s distractions that misguide us, and cause us to live a lesser life than God intended.

Your quality of life is directly related the quality of your relationship with Christ. It has nothing to do with how much money you have.

Many millionaires are miserable, and many people with meager means are filled with the most joy.

The amount of money you have does not determine your quality of life.

God determines your quality, and the people that have a high quality turn out to be the people who spend a high quantity of time with Him.

You want to feel better?
Praise God more.

You want to feel better?
Read Scripture more.

“For the Word of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword… ” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)

Read it, and it will speak to you.
It will guide.
It will give you wisdom.

Reread a verse you’ve read a 1,000 times, and your mind will see it in a new light. It will spark ideas.

Why?
Because it’s alive.

Why?
Because God’s alive.
Always has been.
Always will be.

Which means His Word remains alive.
Always has been.
Always will be.

That Biblical wisdom doesn’t just jump into your head.

You’ve got to read it.
You’ve got to mediate on it.
You’ve got to ask God to reveal things to you that you don’t understand when you read.

God’s Word says He’s “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think… ” (Ephesians 3:20, NKJV)

So ask abundantly.

Ask God to pour His wisdom on you.
Ask God to pour His blessings on you, and your family.
Ask God to guide you in what His will is for your life.
Ask God to fill you, and keep you in good health.
Ask Him to fill, and keep your family and friends in good health.

None of which can be done… unless you spend quality time with Him.

Up the quantity of time you spend pursuing God, and watch the quality of your life go up.

Don’t let another day, another week, or another month pass.

Any time that passes is passed opportunity to live your greatest life… your God intended life.

Decide today to put time with God as your top priority.
Put it on your schedule.
Put it in for every day.
Put it first thing in the morning.

Start your day in the Word… praising, praying, and pursuing God.

Why first thing in the morning?
It’s a symbol of putting God first in your day… it’s prioritizing Him above all else in your life.

I had a friend once say, “Yeah, I pray every day, when I’m in the shower.”

Why?
Probably because it’s time he couldn’t spend doing anything else.

That’s giving God his scraps.

Do you pray right before you go to sleep, when you’re half asleep, and that’s it?

Don’t be that person.
Don’t live that life.

That’s giving God your scraps.
God doesn’t deserve your scraps.
He deserves your best.

He’s your Savior.
He’s given you the gift of eternal life.
He deserves His praise to be prioritized.

Give God your best, and God will make you your best.

Shortchanging God is shortchanging yourself.

Cutting corners with your time with God does nothing but cut your potential.

Don’t sabotage your life.

Go to your Savior, and make time with Him what you savor.

God doesn’t deserve anyone’s scraps.
God deserves our best!

Live your life as living proof that He matters most.

Make Him your priority.

Make time with Him first thing in the morning your priority.

If that means getting up 30 minutes earlier, get up 30 minutes earlier.

If I gave you $1,000 every day you got up early to spend time with God, you would get up, so it has nothing to do with ability and everything to do with willingness.

You will live a better life giving God priority. Period.

There are few things that you can count on, but you can count on that.

Quality time with God will lead to quality improvements in all aspects of your life.

That should be all the motivation that you, I, or anyone else needs.

Let the distractions be done!
Let there by no more delays!

Let today be the day that you lift your level of commitment to Christ, and let your best life out!

-Steinar Skipsnes

Laugh at the devil

Random little things happen to me… a cupboard door that opens faster than expected and hits me in the head, writing words like this on my phone and all of a sudden the screen going blank, losing what I wrote, little annoyances, little jabs that feel straight from hell.

When these things happen, the immediate feeling is irritation, but that feeling is extremely short-lived.

It lasts for seconds before I smile, and often laugh to myself.

Smile?
Laugh?
Yes.

Why?
This is war.

People are floating through life, and there is an unseen war happening.

The devil is trying to destroy as many people as possible, and trying to keep people from Christ.

And anyone who opposes his goals is his opposition.

If you live a life that glorifies God, you are pissing the devil off, and he’s going to make efforts to rattle you.

Rattling you, getting you mad, getting you distracted, getting you to question God in anyway are tactics he uses to damage your relationship with God.

Anything he can do to damage your relationship with God, and damage anything you do that impacts other people in a positive way for God’s glory, is his mission to stop.

So if you’re striving to live Christ-like, if you’re striving to live a life that glorifies God, if you’re striving to spread the gospel in any way… you are his opponent, and you can expect to be jabbed.

He wants you annoyed.
He wants you complaining.
He wants you filled with negativity.

Because all of that eats at you.
It tears you down.
It makes you sulk.
It creates a downward spiral.

It’s exactly what he wants.
He wants you defeated.

And the best way to defeat you is to get your mind to defeat yourself.

He just wants to start the process and then step back and let you beat yourself up.

When some sort of jab comes your way, take what was meant to irritate you, and recognize that it is just that.

Keep that thought in mind, that greater perspective, and watch how little you get upset when those jabs come your way. Watch yourself just let it go. Watch yourself smile because you know exactly what’s happening.

Instead of getting immediately emotionally wrapped up in a thing that happens (that not only puts you in a bad mood, but probably pulls down the people around you because they have to deal with your bad mood)… instead, you’ll be fully aware that it’s a ploy to get you worked up… an attempt to nudge you in a direction that can trigger all kinds of negative ripple effects (revenge, temper, all sorts of nasty things that in turn have more nasty effects).

Think about it. If you knew someone was trying to make you mad, it makes it a lot harder for that person to actually get you mad.

Let’s say, I come up to you one morning and say, “Hey, I’m going to make you mad today,” and then I walk off; then later that day you get cut off in traffic, you might immediately have some feelings of anger, but if you saw it was me in the car, those feels would likely fall away.

Why?
Because you’d realize a greater context that this is just that guy who’s trying to ruin my day.

Once you have that greater picture in your mind, what would have otherwise made you angry and upset, turns instead into something that has little to no impact on you.

You’d probably laugh and think, “Who does this guy think he is?”

Yes, laugh!

Laugh at the devil!

Laugh when his tactics come your way because you know what’s going on, and you will not fall victim!

Your emotions will not be controlled by a jab from the devil!

Shake it off and move on.

You’re a fighter!
You’re a champion!

And a champion dusts jabs off and moves on!

A champion realizes he/she is going to take some hits. A champion also realizes he/she is going to dish out some punches, and ultimately knock their opponent out!

You punch the devil in the face when you stand strong on the Word of God!

You punch the devil in the face when you stay faithful and you don’t let him put doubt into your mind!

You punch the devil in the face when you live a life that glorifies God!

Stay strong!
Be confident!

You stand with Christ, who conquers all!

-Steinar Skipsnes