Worry vs Faith

chad smanjak faith Jan 24, 2022

Worry Versus Faith


 

Philippians 4:4-9 (TPT)
Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed OneLet gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near.
 
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. 
 
So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all...
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Overcoming Unhealthy Habits - Contentment

chad smanjak gratitude Jan 07, 2022

 Overcoming Unhealthy Habits

I have learned to be content
What’s the one thing none of your friends have? Enough.
 
We are constantly seeking more and more stuff in our lives. Every day we wake up feeling like we have to achieve so much so that we can be considered efficient and productive. I wake up, butterflies in my stomach, anxious about what the day has in store for me.
 
We need to remind ourselves of what Paul said:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11
 
I’ve never heard of a monk asking a billionaire for advice. Have you? Yet, I’m hearing about more and more billionaires checking themselves into  monasteries, retreats, and treatment centers, looking for peace in their souls. The daily battle of constantly striving to find alpha, to achieve stratospheric success or just to stay ahead of the game is stealing our peace and...
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The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift


The Reason & The Resolution


The Reason...

Genesis 3

The Temptation and Fall of Man

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was [a]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to...

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Spiritual Growth - Episode 4

chad smanjak growth joy Dec 13, 2021

Mini-Series: Spiritual Growth Tips 


I am made in the image of God. In the final episode of our Mini-series on Spiritual Growth, Judy and Chad share the final tip and thoughts on enduring growth. Join us on facebook @EpicConquerors


You’re growing spiritually when you’re being you, and you’re being you when you’re…

1). Play, laugh - Joy isn’t a bonus; it’s your birthright. Children get this, but we lose it as we age. Joy, play, and laughter are often beaten out of us by the troubles and pressures of growing up. We’re not talking growing upward in stature, but growing inward developing our spirit, our inner man.

2). Dance, or “let go”—Embrace the moment. Release inhibitions or fears of what will people think is part of the journey to our freedom in Christ. It's our ego-management that keeps us tight and tense…yep, it’s called pride.

3). Take steps of faith—When we make a bold decision...

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Spiritual Growth - Episode 3

chad smanjak growth healthy Dec 10, 2021

 Spiritual Growth Series


The honest truth... Judy and Chad take a look at the benefits of honesty in relation to those close to you and in one's personal relationship with God. Join the conversation on Facebook @EpicConquerors


Spiritual growth is often misunderstood and over-complicated.

I’m inviting you to think of spiritual growth from some different angles.
Definition: Spiritual Growth is the development of your inner man, your spirit, to be your true self and to live--moment by moment--in connection with God, yourself, and others.

Let’s start with a revolutionary thought: All growth is spiritual growth
If it is then it comes from God. If it’s of God, as His child, it belongs to you.
Growth is anything moving us forward--or, more specifically, helps us be our true selves. And if we’re becoming more of who we were created or designed to be--closer to our God-given “potential”—then it’s growth.

Thus, all growth is spiritual...

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Spiritual Growth - Episode 2

Spiritual Growth Series


How much have you grown? Many time we don't realize just how much we have grown because its a natural process happening all the time. Judy and Chad discuss this truth and some more tips in this episode.. Join us on facebook @Epicconquerors


Spiritual growth is often misunderstood and over-complicated.

I’m inviting you to think of spiritual growth from some different angles. Definition: Spiritual Growth is the development of your inner man, your spirit, to be your true self and to live--moment by moment--in connection with God, yourself, and others.

Let’s start with a revolutionary thought: All growth is spiritual growth If it is then it comes from God. If it’s of God, as His child, it belongs to you.
Growth is anything moving us forward--or, more specifically, helps us be our true selves. And if we’re becoming more of who we were created or designed to be--closer to our God-given “potential”—then it’s...

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Spiritual Growth - Part 1

Mini-Series: Spiritual Growth Tips


The Joy of Growth. 


Spiritual growth is often misunderstood and over-complicated.

I’m inviting you to think of spiritual growth from some different angles.
Definition: Spiritual Growth is the development of your inner man, your spirit, to be your true self and to live--moment by moment--in connection with God, yourself, and others.

Let’s start with a revolutionary thought: All growth is spiritual growth
If it is then it comes from God. If it’s of God, as His child, it belongs to you.
Growth is anything moving us forward--or, more specifically, helps us be our true selves. And if we’re becoming more of who we were created or designed to be--closer to our God-given “potential”—then it’s growth.

Thus, all growth is spiritual growth. Let’s go deeper, With the thought of spiritual growth...

We were made in the image of God.
God created human beings in His own image. “In the image of God,...

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An Epic Thanks Giving

 An EPIC Thanksgiving 


 "And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." -Ephesians 5:20 

I was preparing a different message for this PODCAST and whilst reading some inspired writings, I felt this strong overwhelming feeling of gratitude and thankfulness for what the Lord has done and continues to do in my LIFE and the people around me. Friends, Family and loved ones. 

I want us as a community of Epic Conquerors to start this week of Thanksgiving by being thankful. As we have spoken previously, living a life of thankfulness and gratitude, especially for what the Lord has done and the price He paid for us is a foundation for build a successful life. 

Let’s not just try and get thankful only on Thanksgiving Thursday. Let’s keep that practice, starting today—so we’re good at gratitude—and shine on Thanksgiving. 

I want us as a community to focus on the AWE of all the beautiful...

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Use Your Words Wisely

#epicstrong chad smanjak Aug 13, 2021

OVERCOMING NEGATIVE INNER DIALOGUE 


Use your words wisely.

"The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences."  -Proverbs 18:21

No doubt someone has hurt you, offended you, betrayed you, or slandered you… it's time to stop the cycle. Don’t lower yourself to their level and become another “accuser.” Don’t allow the inner negative dialogue to suck you in to that dark place.

Forgive.  Forgive yourself…It’s so difficult; especially when it keeps coming up; but we have to let it go… again, and again, if necessary. 

There’s a God in heaven who sees and knows and will see you through. Stay the course. 

So… how are you using your words? 

Are you speaking life or death?  We have a choice. I choose life. What do you choose?

Some of us had parents or adult role models in our life that screwed this up. They used their words to speak death and...

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Miracle Mornings - Episode 4

chad smanjak servanthood Jun 11, 2021

Mini-Series: Miracle Mornings


Finally, I commit myself to service.


My Miracle Morning Routine: Here is the breakdown of the terms and then exactly how I use them, in order:
T - Thanks
A - Affirm
S - Surrender
K - Kill
S - Serve

SERVE
The first four help me still my body, focus my mind, soften (or heal) my heart, and tap into my soul so I am connected to the spirit. Finally, I commit myself to service.

A life lived in service to one’s self is a miserable life. That’s why so many rich people are miserable. You would think they’d be happier because they have so much. But most are not. Having wealth is not the problem. Thinking that wealth will make them happy—is the problem.

We will never find fulfillment if we think it’s about “me getting mine.” Fulfillment is found in service to others. Period. That’s how God wired this universe. We can’t escape it, no matter how hard we try.

So, before I get up from my seat, I remind...

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