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Sell Out

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

“The devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, ‘All this I will give you,if you throw yourself down and worship me.’ Jesus said, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord God and serve him only.’ Then the devil left him and the angels came and attended him.” Matthew 4:8-10

 

What would you do if you could have everything you wanted? That would be a hard one to turn down. But, if it meant selling out on God, family and friends to the to the devil would it be worth it?


Is worldly temptation knocking on your door right now? Don’t be fooled. Don't give in. There will be a price. Just ask all those who have gone before you.The carnage of broken lives, marriages and families are strewn everywhere.The choice is yours. Don't let the Devil have victory over your life, relationships and calling.

 

My God

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I recently read Psalm 23. After reading and reflecting upon it, I decided to write how it personally applies to me. This is the God I love and worship. What about you? Possibly you may want to reflect on this for yourself and/or read Psalm 23 and write your own personal application.


My God


The Lord is my great and wonderful Shepherd, Guide, Strength, Provider and Protector.


He gives me all I need with His peace, purpose and power in my life.


He makes me lie down in lush, safe and secure pastures of life.


He leads me beside quiet, restful, and refreshing waters.


He restores my broken heart and soul.


He directs me on the paths of righteous living for His name sake.


Even though I walk through vallye of the shadow of doubt, distress and struggles, I will not fear.


He continually counsels and comfoorts me.


He anoints my heart with the oil of joy..


His unfailing goodness and love surround me all the days of my life.


He will forever be my loving Lord, almighty God and everlasting Father.


Amen.


Urgent Change

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Today in my reading I came across these writings.  

 

“Produce fruit in keeping repentance… The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:8-10

 

The word repentance caught my attention. As I did some research into the original Greek language, this is what I discovered.


Repentance (3341- metanoia) literally means "to think after" and implies a complete change of heart, attitude, interest, and direction; conveying a sense of urgency.


What a powerful word. Repentance. It is so deep. It’s a genuine understanding of our sinful thoughts, behavior and words. It’s an urgent need to change our mind, heart, attitude, interest and direction in our life and relationships.

 

So what are the consequences to a lack of genuine repentance in our life and relationships?

 

“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”Matthew 3: 8-10

 

This is serious stuff. Is the ax already at the root of your life, relationships and even your career path? Many lives and relationships continue to fail over a lack of genuine transformation. This is a genuine, unfailing effort toward deep change. It’s an unrelenting change of the heart, mind, attitudes, choices, direction, and relating.

 

Do we truly understand the urgency of change, transformation necessary for new life, renewal, reconciliation and restoration? We have a choice today! What will yours be?

 

  • What area of your life is God breaking you?


  • What do you need to do to get right with God, others and yourself?


  • What's the cost if you don’t?


  • What can you do now, to show consistent heartfelt change of thought, actions and words?

 

His Purpose

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Never forget:


“Many are the plans of a person’s life, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs19:21


Thank you Lord for your eternal purposes which prevail over my earthly plans. May I listen attentively to your voice, and not resist your purpose for me. May your purpose be my purpose, right now, and in every way.

 

Forgiveness

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

“… Jesus will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21


Thought: Jesus will save me from my sins personally and eternally. Thank you for the forgiveness of all of my sins.


Prayer: O thank you Lord Jesus for saving me from my sins. You have taken away the guilt, disgrace and shame. You have reconciled me to God and have given me peace, purpose and power to overcome. I no longer need to live in my sin, you have redeemed me from the power of sin over me. Thank you Lord Jesus. I love you.

 

Application: Do you need forgiveness? What shame, guilt and disgrace are you carring today? Jesus died for you and rose from the grave to give you peace, purpose, power and eternal life. What are you wating for? Ask Him to forgive you, to redeem, restore and renew and your life, relationships and shattered dream. He loves you with and everlasting love!

 

Struggling with Destructive Behavior

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Why is there so much struggle with disobedience, disrespect and disillusionment today? There can be many answers for this, but one thing for sure, without a healthy and loving relationship with God, it will not get better.


Immorality, disobedience and destructive lifestyles and relationships are epidemic today. But, where is God in this, especially for those who claim to know him? If we know God, our lives should reveal it.


The scriptures are clear that our lack of adoration, gratitude, humility and love towards God can lead to God giving us over to our own immoral, unhealthy and disgraceful life style.(Romans 1:21-32)


So how is your relationship with God? Could some of your struggles be directly related to your constant neglect, disrespect and ingratitude toward God? 


God deserves your best. He is your Creator who has endowed you with great potential, promise and a future hope. How are you showing your love and obedience for God?  


Here is what possibly awaits those who live life without loving God!


  • Evil – A profoundly immoral and destructive  lifestyle
  • Greed – An overwhelming desire to have more of something than is actually needed
  • Depravity – A state of moral corruption; immoral, decadent
  • Envy – Resentful or unhappy feeling, wanting what others have
  • Strife –Bitter, angry conflict or rivalry; fighting or disagreement with others
  • Deceit – Dishonesty, pretense, cheating; act or practice of deceiving or misleading others
  • Malice – Hatred, cruel; the intention or desire to cause harm or pain to others
  • Gossiping – Idle talk; negative  and spiteful conversation about others
  • Slandering –Saying something false and damaging about others
  • Insolent – Being rude; showing a lack of respect in speech and behavior
  • Arrogant –Conceited; feeling or showing self-importance, contempt or disregard for others
  • Disobedience– Defiance or waywardness; refusing or failing to obey
  • Faithless – Disloyal, untrustworthy, unfaithful; not to be trusted or relied on
  • Heartless – Showing no kindness or care


Are you seeing any of these in your life and relationships? If so, where is God in your life and relationships? Give your heart back to God.


Give Him your heart, life and relationships? Is it worth living a destructive, sinful and stuck life.


Give Him your heart today. Give it all to Him, now!


He loves you more than you can imagine.

 

Together in this journey of life,

Dr. Dale Goodman

At The Crossroad of your Life

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on December 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Just for you today. Be blessed and believe.

 

Be willing to go out on a limb with God. If that is where He’s leading you, it's the safest place to be. Your desire to live a risk-free life is a form of disbelief. You are approaching a crossroad in your journey. In order to follow Him wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your tendency to play it safe. Let God lead you step by step. If your primary focus is on Him, you can walk along perilous paths without being afraid. As long as you stay close to God, His sovereign presence will protect you wherever you go. Source: Jesus Calling 12.9


Make Jesus the focal point of your search forsecurity. In your private thoughts, youare still trying to order your world so that it is predictable and feels safe.When you feel insecure and unsteady reach out to Jesus for your support andlive in complete dependence upon Christ alone.  Source: Jesus Calling, 12.10


A note of encouragement from God…


Do not fear, for I amwith you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and helpyou. I will uphold you. I will never ever forsake You. You are my child. I willtake care of you. Just believe. Everything will work out. You’re not alone. Iam with you. I will always be with you. You’re mine.

 

Love always,


ABBA-DADDY

Isaiah 41:10

Psalm 9:10b

 

Stuck in the Middle

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on October 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Stuck in the middle. Sitting on the fence. Fly forward not backward.


So easy to look back and consider it as a better way. It may be wishfulthinking or memorializing the past, but it is not our future.


Sometimes when we see a dip in our finances, we look back, and think itwould be easier with our family up north. Easy to look back. But is life reallythere? Maybe. But not life God’s way. Don't get caught looking back. Be still.Stay focused. Look forward.


"Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead." Philippians 3:13

 

R u going to Heaven???

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Where will you spend eternity? There are only two options: heaven or hell. The choice is yours.


Do you know for sure that you are going to heaven?


Do you have the assurance of eternal life?


How can you begin a personal relationship with God and have the assurance of eternal life with Him? God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him.

The following principles from Campus Crusade will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now, through Jesus Christ... How to Know God Personally.


Now, where will you spend eternity?  -- Dr. Dale


 

Lost Confidence

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM

It's not good when we lose confidence in ourselves. Just ask any golfer. You lose confidence in your swing, chip or putt, you lose. It's that simple.


What or who are you putting your full confidence in? Yourself, others, money, health, material items....?


Where's God in the picture of your life? Could this be a factor leading to some of your struggles with peace, purpose and productivity in your life, relationships and career path?


Read this historic writing. Possibly, this may shed some insight. It has helped me tremendously.

 

“Blessed (Divinely favored; content, happy) is the person who trusts (relies, depends, hopes) in the Lord whose confidence (full trust, belief, reliability, assurance) is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes: its leaves are always green. It has no worries inthe year(s) of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

What are you thinking?


Do you have full, complete trust and confidence in the Lordproviding his unconditional love, faithfulness, forgiveness and provisionsthrough Jesus Christ?

 


What's your next move?


 

Don't Give Up!

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

It is easy to give up on the vision or calling God has upon our lives. Often adversity, struggles and disappointment halt our efforts. However, could it be, that these are the tools God uses to get us into shape to fulfill this vision? Please read the following excerpt. It really spoke to me.


Vision

from Utmost for His Highest Devotional by Oswald Chambers

 

“God gives us vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have the patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry… the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley, and put us through the fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the place where He can trust us with this reality… The vision is what God wants you to be. Let Him wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you every had a vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on the lower level, but God will never let you.”


Read this again. What may God be saying to you?

 

Life Coaching Insights from Proverbs 15

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Life Coaching Insights from Proverbs 15

 

Amazing the wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs. Here are several  statements from my reading today in Proverbs15 today. So many reminders of the blessingsand consequences in life.


Seems like many of our experiences are predicated on the moment by moments thoughts and choices we make.


Which of these statements seemto resonate with you? How is God speaking to you? Are there any clear messages? What needs to be addressed? To bechanged? To be different? What is it?

 

1.     A gentle answer turns away wrath.

2.     A harsh word stirs up anger.

3.     The eyes of the Lord are everywhere.

4.     Tongue that brings healing is a tree of life.

5.     A fool spurns their father’s discipline.

6.     Stern discipline awaits those who leave the path.

7.     He who hates correction will suffer.

8.     A mocker resents correction.

9.     The discerning heart seeks out knowledge.

10.  The mouth of fools feeds on folly.

11.   Better a little with fear of the Lord, than great wealth with turmoil.

12.  A hot tempered man stirs up dissension.

13.  A patient man calms a quarrel.

14.  Plans fail for lack of counsel.

15.  The Lord tears down the arrogant man’s house.

16.  A greedy man brings trouble to his family.

17.   A cheerful heart brings joy to the heart and good news gives health to the bones.

18.  He who ignores discipline despises himself.

19.  Whoever heeds correction gains understanding.

20. The reverence of the Lord brings wisdom.

21.  Humility precedes honor.


What are some life tips you are taking from this today?

 

Proverbs 10 - Reminders for living God's way

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

It is easy to get off track with God. He is the best and he knows the best way for us to live our lives. Use this as a quick check list to see how your doing.


Here are some reminders for living life God’s way.


Hungry? The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry.Proverbs 10:3


Lazy? Lazy hands makes a man poor. Diligent handsbring wealth. Proverbs 10:6


Integrity? A man of integrity walks securely. Takecrooked paths; you will be found out. Proverbs 10: 9


Hatred? Hatred stirs up dissension. Proverbs 10:12a


Love? Love covers a multitude of sins. Proverbs 10:12b


Discipline? He who heeds discipline shows the way tolife. Proverbs 10:17


Words? When words are many, sin is not absent.Proverbs 10:19


Desire? What the righteous desire will be granted.Proverbs 10:24b


Fear? Fear (reverential awe) of the Lord adds lengthto life. Proverbs 10:27


What did you discover?


What can  you do better?


When will you begin?

 

Covert Operations of the Mind

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

All of a sudden I am struggling with one immoral thought. I prayed. Gave it up to God. But it continued for a while. Of and on. Then God reminded me the thought was coming from the enemy, Satan.


Immediately, I rebuked Satan and His demons. By the authority and the Name of Jesus I empathically told Satan and His demons to get out of my life. To be gone;  and the thoughts stopped.


Amazing.How many of us are forgetting that the battle over the mind is Satan’s turf war.We must remember that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world and the spiritual forcesof evil in the heavenly realms…Be strong in the Lord and his might power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes.”Ephesians 6 :12; 10-11


“Be self-controlledand alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking forsomeone to devour. Resist him, stand firm in the faith.” 1 Peter 5:8-10


“God opposesthe proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourself under God’s mightyhand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast your anxiety on him because hecares for you.” 1 Peter 5:5-7

 

Possibly the following statement will help you next time you are struggling with your thought life.Remember, it could be your unseen enemy! "In the name of Jesus Christ, be gone Satan, you and your demons. Get out of my life bythe authority of Jesus Christ. O Father God, forgive me of my trash thoughts.Thank you, in Christ, you have forgiven and cleansed  me."

 

Unresolved Past

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on April 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM


My dear friend John Woodall says, "The cost of an unresolved past is missing the present and fearing the future." What a powerful statement.


It is so true. So many today are stuck in the muck and mire of the past. It may not be apparent. But something is wrong and we can't quite figure it out. All our experiences of life are stored on the hard drive of the sub conscious, if unhealthy, it will undermine your potential.


The toxic poison of the past has a way of oozing to the top. I know. I experienced it for many, many years. It has taken constant brokenness, pain, loss, faith, counseling, Scripture, God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit, church, mentors, spouse, time, trust, and more to heal my unhealthy, toxic belief system acquired from childhood.


The results: Enormous blessings of peace, purpose, health, relationships, marriage, family, grand kids, hope, faith and love. The pain is worth the gain. Deal with the past or it may crush you, and destroy your God-given dreams.


Remember this, "God has rescued you from the dominion of darkness and brought you into the kingdom of the Son, Jesus Christ, He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13-14


Just ponder this. What is God revealing to you? What is it?



You can say "No!"

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on April 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

We all are tempted to sin. Tempted to fall. Tempted to do things we shouldn't. Just remember one thing, you can say, "No!" Just say it, "No!"


Here is why?


"The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age." Titus 2:11


You can say "No!" God has provided you the ability to overcome and to say "No." But be careful what may be setting you up to say, "Yes!"


Just think about it!

Overcoming Fear

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on April 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”— Joseph Pearce


Fear is rampant in our culture today. It is something I struggle with, too. I believe the seeds were planted very early in my life. And I have to constantly face these insecurities.


The following is a excerpt from a post by Michael Hyatt. I really like it. Michael Hyatt was the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. He shares about his struggles and suggestions for overcoming fear. Maybe this can help you too.--Dr. Dale


Overcoming Fear a post by Michael Hyatt 

"Fear is the number one obstacle that most people face in their lives. Very few people talk about it, but I can guarantee you it’s the biggest thing I face in my own heart. There have been times when I have lain awake at night wondering, particularly in this economy, “What’s going to happen to me? What’s going to happen to my company? What’s going to happen to my family?” Fear is a very debilitating thing. It doesn’t serve many useful purposes, and people can get really stuck in it.


When I’m afraid, I have a practice of walking right into my fears rather than away from them. If people can get used to that, their fear will dissipate. Most of the power of fear is in your mind; it doesn’t really exist. It’s just this idea that looms because we are unwilling to face it. But the way to declaw it, the way to defuse it, is to step into it—right into the middle of it—and do the thing that you are afraid to do.


How many times do we find ourselves frozen by fear? Our hearts palpitate, our eyes search frantically for an exit, and soon we’re paralyzed by trepidation. At moments when we need to lunge forward, our feet plant as though in cement.


Fear takes many forms. I find myself arrested by the fear of criticism. I fear looking back on my life and discovering wasted opportunities or unrealized potential. A great worry for me is that I will have lived life but never made a difference. Maybe you are a perfectionist and battle the fear of failure. Or you’re shy and stave off the fear of success. Whatever brand of fear you experience, the emotion can be debilitating."


"In all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37

 

Achieving Success

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

My Child,


I will give you every place where you set your foot. I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and very courageous.


Be careful to obey all the Law given to you. Do not turn to the right or left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Be strong and courageous.


Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged. I, the Lord your God, will be with you wherever you go.

 

Love always, 

Your Heavenly Father


Source: Joshua 1

 


Pursuit of Wealth

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 23, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Is there anyone who doesn't want to be wealthy? There is absolutely nothing improper about wealth, except if it displaces the"important". Wealth is good, but is there something even better for you?


Exam time. Try to fill in the blanks. What could be more desirable than riches?


"A ___________ _____________ is more desirable than great riches." Proverbs 22:1


Sadly, generations of lives are hurt and damaged by the lack of this. It is something that speaks volumes. It is something we all need to aspire to. What is more desirable than great riches?  A good name...


So how is your name, your reputation with your spouse, kids and community?


What are you doing that could be ruining your name,  reputation, integrity and influence?


A good name is everything today. It does make a difference in this world of hypocrisy. How's your name doing? Are your aspirations of wealth blocking the influence and impact God wants you to have with others?


Just ponder this. Then, make the changes where needed. You'll be glad you did. -- Dr. G.

Successful Living

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

7 Statements for Successful Living

by Dr. Dale Goodman

Source: Proverbs 20

(3000 year old ancient writings)


We all want to achieve success. However at the end of the day, some discover they were climbing the wrong ladder. Could this be you? Here are a few historic principled statements to reflect upon. Use this as a check list for yourself and evaluate how you are doing. Blessings to you! Dr. DRG


Historic principles and practices for success extracted from Proverbs 20. 

  • Lips that speak the truth are a rare jewel.
  • Make plans by seeking advice.
  • Gossip betrays confidence.
  • It’s an honor to avoid strife.
  • Your steps are being directed by the Lord.
  • A faithful person who can find?
  • Do not love sleep or you will grow poor.


Take a few minutes and respond to these questions:

How are you doing?
Where might you be vulnerable?
What can be done better?
How will you begin?
When will you begin?


Notes:



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