Life

A word on your future success

As I prepare to sell my house and move on with my life, I’ve been making plans. Plans for life, business, and ministry have all been on my mind, and the Lord had me thinking of the details necessary to achieve my mission.

As I pondered all of this, another thought crossed my mind: many of us want to prosper financially but have no real vision for what we’d do if we did.

Yes, God blessed Israel when He brought them into what preachers like to call the land of more than enough, but did you notice that what He blessed them with was production capacity? That’s right, they still had to put that land to work. They still had to decide what they were going to do with all that capacity.

Before God brought them there, He walked them through a long season of preparation for it, and when they got there, they had to fight for it. We are walking through a very difficult time.

  • What are you doing with it to ensure you are surrendering to God’s process?
  • What are you doing with what God has already given you?
  • What are your plans for when He does give you what you’re asking for, and are those plans right in His sight?

The answers to those questions will reveal a great deal.

God’s loving provision

I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

Psalm 81:10

Consider the imagery.

The baby bird hears its parent coming, and tilts back its head, opening its mouth wide, trusting that they will be filled.

They expect satisfaction.

God is better parent than any bird. He did not beget you into His kingdom to neglect you. You are His responsibility, so expect His goodness and His provision today, and every day.

What to do with a Prophetic word

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;

But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.

Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)


What to do with a prophetic word:

God never intended for us to chase after prophecies, and no, you don’t ‘need’ a word for every situation you’re in. The Bible says that the just shall live by FAITH, not by prophecy. I’ve got some heavy situations going on right now, and I DON’T want a word about it. I’ve decided I’m going to trust that God didn’t lie to me, that he hasn’t forgotten me, and that my appointed time will come. There’s a time and place for a word, and there’s a time for FAITH which produces works (see James 2).
What then, should you do with a prophetic word? Assuming you’ve tested it and it really was a word from God…

1. Wait for it to come to pass (Hab. 2:3)
2. Speak it back to God
3. Pray concerning it
4. Take action in accordance with the word
5. Ask yourself, ‘What do I need to be doing to position myself to receive what God promised?’ This is NOT in the sense of earning it, but rather in the sense of being ready to handle the responsibility of stewarding the blessing.
6. Ask God the same question.
7. Do what is necessary from #5 and 6.
8. Study scripture related to what God told you.
9. Keep your life CLEAN. The angels don’t cry ‘love, love, love.’ They cry ‘holy, holy, holy.’

Don’t let anyone take your crown!

Romans 9 – The Sovereign Grace of God in Christ

Grace isn’t just forgiveness and forbearance, it is the divine influence which is intended to bring the Lordship of God into our life. You don’t have to live in defeat, because Christ provided not only forgiveness, but the power to become the sons of God. Let’s talk.

 

Judges 21 – When Being Right goes WRONG

It often happens that we begin with right motives, or we’re right about something, but then our pursuit of what’s right gets sidetracked by anger, pride, presumption and so many other things. In This chapter of Judges we can see how the other tribes of Israel went too far in dealing with the tribe of Benjamin’s defense of some men who’d committed a vile act. What can we learn about walking in God’s grace from their error?

Judges 20 – Misplaced Loyalties


Very often the loyalties we have come into conflict with what is right in God’s sight. In the previous chapter, a horrific sex¬†crime was committed, and now the entire tribe of Bejamin rises up to defend those who committed it. Let’s discuss what this teaches us about our own loyalties and how they can easily lead us astray.

Useful Idiots


Let’s face it. Samson made bad decisions, and God used him in spite of his bad judgment and lack of reverence for what God had given him. Similarly, many of us are stuck on stupid in a lot of ways, and like Samson we end up thinking we’re doing well because God has used us…


Here we continue our study of Samson as a powerful example of what it is to be a useful idiot within the Kingdom. That may seem harsh, but close observatios of Samson’s decisions reveals some serious defects of character which we can readily see in today’s church.

When I was a kid, I thought Samson was SO cool, but as a man I think he’s a jerk! Samson was so arrogant and irresponsible that God had to use his mess to get him to actually USE what God put in him. Let’s talk about how we can avoid being a useful idiot in the kingdom.

The Living Water

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” – John 7:38

Few in the modern world understand the signficance of what is being said here. While indeed Christ speak of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the phrase ‘living water’ had a meaning to the people of His time that we tend to miss.

‘Living water’ also refers to what some call structured water, which has
has measurably different characteristics including: molecular stability, a negative electrical charge, greater viscosity, molecular alignment, and an enhanced ability to absorb certain spectra of light. It is believed that when water molecules take on this organized molecular structure, it has a significant impact on health and that it appears to be necessary for life.

What is important here is that God’s intention is for what flows out from you to be ordered, structured, and expressly full of HIS life. Very often the saints are gifted, and very obviously and powerfully so, but lack structure and order in how their gifts are administered, and there’s good reason for this. In the above scripture, ‘believeth’ is the Greek pitseuw, which implies continuing belief.

It is not enough to merely believe, but we must CONTINUE to believe in Him. This provokes the questin, ‘just how far do you believe Him?’ Many of will believe God to an extent, or we commit our trust in certain areas and circumstances, and in many ways we hold back and hold out on God, choosing to trust in circumstances, systems, people, ourselves, and even abilities, and all of this misplaced trust is very often what ‘blocks’ the flow of the life of Christ in us.

This morning, I challenge you to BELIEVE in Him! Believe Him for your healing. Believe Him in your work, beieve everything He said, believe that His will for you is GOOD, believe His every promise is certain, believe that He is LORD of EVERY part of your life.

BELIEVE, and His living water will flow out of you like never before.

BELIEVE!

Judges 8 – The Responsibilities of Victory


Sometimes we get so wrapped up in a victory that we forget to move on to the responsibilities implied by it. What can we learn from the aftermath of Gideon’s victory that can be applied to today’s church? Let’s see why God expects a leader to lead beyond the victory.

You don’t get to set the terms of your deliverance

Do you know your name?

We are too often persuaded to think, behave, perceive and live on a level far lower than we are capable of. For example, schools teach us to accept a lower standard of learning, and persuade us that knowing 70% of something is ‘good enough.’ So ‘good enough’ becomes our standard, and in the end we fail at things we should master.

Do you know 70% of your name? 80%?

Think about this the next time you want to learn anything. There are so many seemingly minor things you know 100% of. Free your mind!

The prophetic word for THIS season?

Prophets, have you no shame? Why do you continue to attempt to decree declare and propheLIE words that God did not give you? The word of the Lord for this season is not about breakthrough, it’s not about dominion, but rather it is a call for his people to REPENT for their adultery with the ways of the world.

While you’re telling people they’re going to get what they want, the heart of God aches for his people to draw near to him in a fellowship untainted by the cultural idolatry that has seeped into nearly every area of Christian life.

A word on direction

‘Why do you seek the living among the dead?’
-Luke 24:5
Some of you lack direction because you keep trying to find your destiny in things God appointed to die in your life, while you keep mistaking the dream he resurrected for something common, like a gardener.

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Gratification is not satisfaction

“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)

The flesh craves gratification, while the spirit seeks satisfaction. The difference between the two can be hard to tell when we’re caught up in the day-to-day struggles of life. We get the car, the house, or the spouse we were after, but after a while, when the novelty wears off, many of us find ourselves yearning for more. Why?

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Faith results in action!

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. – James 2:26

Your daily commitment to the pursuit of what God gave you to do is the work that evidences your faith. Likewise, in both life and business, a genuine belief that you can accomplish your goals is never absent of clear, decisive effort in the direction of those objectives.

Forgiveness is NOT an emotion

Forgiveness is not an emotion. It is a decision.

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A word on patience

Patience is not the ability to wait a long time; it is the ability to wait until the Appointed Time, and the wisdom to be productive until then.

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Real faith, right now

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

–Hebrews 12: 2

Faith is not the ability to believe that God will do some particular thing or answer some particular request, but rather it is the ability to believe that God will always do what is best.

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Redeeming the time…

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
-Ephesians 5:15-16

For many of us in Christian leadership, this passage of scripture is quite familiar, and we may have used often in our teaching and preaching, so it can be easy to see it only from the perspective of our religious traditions.

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