James Merritt

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How to Be a Successful Leader: Embrace a Joyful Life


Human beings spend many of their waking hours seeking something to fill the emptiness in their souls. That something is joy, and if you can offer someone joy, you will be a winner and an influencer far beyond your wildest dreams.

If you are going to maximize your influence and leave a lasting impact on others, you must become contagious with joy. There are two practical ways to do this.


Why Did Jesus Have to Die? A Powerful Easter Reminder


I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15).

When Satan caused the world’s greatest tragedy by successfully tempting Adam and Even to sin, war broke out between good and evil and between God and Satan. 

The only hope for this world was a warrior who could come and fight this war and defeat this enemy. For thousands of years, the nation of Israel looked for the one predicted to be a bruiser.


Do You Truly Understand God’s Grace? Here’s How You Know…


The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. “These who were hired last worked only one hour,” they said, “and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.”


How to Pray and Surrender to God


How to Pray

Jesus prays, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

A kingdom is a place where a king rules and reigns. When you ask God’s kingdom to come, you are asking God to sit on the throne of your heart and your life so that his will will be done in both.

This is the hardest part of this prayer. The number one priority of prayer is not to get God to do what you want, but to surrender to God—to get him to do what he wants.

That is why this part of the prayer is difficult. Before you ask for anything, before you tell him what you want, before you tell him what you need, say right up front, “I am taking my plans, my ambitions, my goals, my agendas, my desires, and I am surrendering them all to you.”

You can’t move forward with God in any prayer until you get this issue settled. Before you get to your wants, your desires, your agenda, you have to go to God and say, “I want your will to be done.”


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