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Revelation 4:11   Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.

God did not need to create you; He chose to create you.

You were created by God’s choice for the work of His purpose.

One of the most disconcerting things in this world is to believe you don’t matter, that your life has no reason or rhyme.

Inside your heart,  you believe and say things like:

  • I’m useless
  • I’m a waste of space
  • I’m not good enough
  • I have no worth.

We all know what that kind of emptiness feels like. Adam and Eve were created for a purpose but lost their way when they tried to go their own way. God found them in their brokenness and called them to follow him to healing.

God did not create you to be insignificant.

However, don’t misunderstand; life is not ultimately about you.

It’s about God and His glory.

Your significance comes through showing Christ significant to a lost and dying world.

To go deeper and find out more, view the video message of Identity Check Part 4- Created For The Work Of His Purpose.

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2012 — Leave a comment

To all my readers I wish you a very Merry Christmas. I pray your day is blessed. Thanks for following the blog. Enjoy your day with friends and family.

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The Untouchable God Became Touchable

 

 

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In John 12:24 Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

I grew up on 100 acres of land. I have many great memories of playing in the woods with my friends. We would play Batman and Robin. We would play army games. We would play hide and seek. We would ride our motorcycles and 4 wheelers in the mud. We would have mud ball fights. Tomato fights. We would fish. I could go on and on, but you get the point…I had a blast!

All those memories are special to me, but there is one memory in particular that has shaped me more than all my game playing memories. It’s memories of working the fields with my family planting crops. We planted a lot of different vegetables growing up, but my favorite was corn. My Father taught me how. In short, You till the soil and cultivate it a couple of times to get rid of the weeds. Then, you stake out straight lines to keep the rows looking good. Finally, you cover the seeds so they are about one inch under the soil. Throw up a prayer for rain and watch God to the rest.

To plant a seed in the ground is just the right thing to do. To hold on to it and do nothing with it is just a waste of its purpose. That seed was meant for more. It was meant for a harvest. So is your life. God wants to use you to fulfill His purpose in this earth. But just like the seed, you must die in order to produce a harvest. Death to self is not optional if you want a harvest

To serve Christ is to follow Him. To follow Christ is to serve like Him. To serve like Him, we must die to self. A harvest can only be part of your legacy when you die to self in order to glorify God and produce eternal fruit with your life. If you don’t die daily to self, you will live for self. You must daily die to self in order to promote the resurrection life others will want to follow. If you want to see Jesus, and produce an eternal harvest, you must submit to becoming like Christ.

John 12:26 says this,”If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”

I leave you with this thought: Honor, the work of Jesus in the past; live the work of Jesus in the now, and know assuredly the future will be a celebration of them both.

To go deeper with this post you can view or hear the message, “Invited to greatness, Invited to Die”

Armpit Verses And Lights

October 2, 2012 — 2 Comments

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Luke 6:27-38
27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

I’m a dedicated hunter. I get up early during hunting season, and head out the door long before the sun comes up. I love it. One of the places I hunt is way out in the country and just getting there in the dark of the night is quite difficult. There is one area of road that is about 5 miles long near the land I hunt and has more curves in it than a Monte Carlo racetrack. I drive slow and careful as the headlights light the way. Nothing is odd about that because that is what you do on a country curvy road in the dark.

Now let me share a situation and then submit a question. Suppose I was driving that same road in the dark of the night and decided to turn my lights off and navigate the road in the dark. What would you think about that decision?

You would think I’ve lost my ever-loving mind. You would think I was mad because the natural thing that is going to happen sooner or later is…I’m going to run off the road and wreck. Just like turning my light off on a curvy road in the country would be crazy, so is turning your light out on an enemy.

Jesus said in Matthew 5 “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father which is in heaven.”

When you and I turn our light out on our enemies, it’s only a matter of time until we run off the road and bring dishonor to God’s love.

It’s our call and duty as Christians to shine our light on the just and the unjust because it’s the God thing to do. We know deep down these verses are the right way to live, the kingdom way to live, but knowing and doing are two different things. So what does God have to say about loving our enemies?

Some verses in the bible I call armpit verses. We prefer to put deodorant on them and move on. Luke 6 is a great example of some of these armpit verses. However, Don’t look at that passage as a list of moral rules to put a check beside of when you achieve them from time to time. Instead, look at it, as it truly is- the true character of God and the character that should be in his children.

N.T. Wright once said this, “Think of the best thing you can do for the worst person, and go ahead and do it. Think of what you’d really like someone to do for you, and do it for them. Think of the people to whom you are tempted to be nasty, and lavish generosity on them instead. These instructions have a fresh, springlike quality. They are all about new life bursting out energetically, like flowers growing through concrete and startling everyone with their colour and vigour.”

We are called to love our enemies. We are called to shine our light on the just but we are also called to let it shine on the unjust. Find out more by listening to this weeks message. If you are on a Mobile device you can hear the message by clicking HERE

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You know how some people can just rub you the wrong way? You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? You see them coming, and you know they’re going to talk forever, and it’s going to drive you nuts. Your mind races with ways to avoid another conversation with them. Your thinking to yourself, “Can’t they just find someone else to talk with?”Let’s face it, all of us have been there and we all know a person in our life that fits that description. So…what do you do? Allow me to share 3 thoughts.

1. You are THAT PERSON to someone else. (Booh-Ya!)

There are people who see you coming and think to themselves, “Can’t they just find someone else to talk with?” That’s correct…you are not the center of the universe, and you are not perfect either.

2. Instead of thinking they are coming to you again, think of them as being sent to you again.

God is always at work, and He is in all things. Instead of trying to figure a way out of the conversation, try to find where God is working in their life, and help them see it.

3. God might be sending them to change you, instead of you changing them. (Just saying.)

Sometimes, God uses people we don’t click with to change a click in us.  I’ve learned that instead of worrying about the other person, I should be asking myself, What’s in me that makes me want to run the other way when I see this person coming? I think if all of us would slow down, and do that one little thing, we might just find the trouble is really with us, and maybe not with them.

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half_heartPsalm 111: 1 says,”I will praise the Lord with my whole heart…”

How often I only give God half my heart! I give Him only half my heart when I’m in a hurry and I miss my morning time with Him. I give Him only half my heart when I read the bible out of habit or just looking for another sermon. I give God only half my heart when I go to church just to go to church. I give God only half my heart when I treat my wife and kids in a bad manner. I give God only half my heart when I live one way in public and another in private.

What is my prayer? It’s my daily prayer that He would keep me from a half-hearted life.

What Say You? Do you struggle also? Leave a comment.

For those outside the faith and for those inside the faith…when life doesn’t add up-Christ is still the answer. For Zacchaeus, the Tax Collector, life just didn’t add up. He was outside the faith. His story can be found in Luke 19:1-10.

1. He was very frustrated and unsatisfied with his life

2. He had self esteem issues (Possibly because of his short stature)

3. He was hated by many because of his profession. (A tax collector)

4. He knew there must be more and went looking for it.

5. Because he was looking in the right direction, (Christ) he found the answer

6. After meeting Jesus, what didn’t add up in his life now added up perfectly.

7. Because his life now added up, his character changed and he began to set things right from an eternal perspective.

Mary and Martha, friends of Jesus who were inside the faith, had quite another story. Their story can be found in John 11:1-44. For them Jesus seemed to have been missing in action. Their brother Lazarus had died and Jesus was no where to be found.

1. They felt abandoned (they had sent word to Jesus, (like us praying) and Jesus didn’t answer on their timetable.

2. They felt wounded. (they had giving Jesus a place to sleep, to eat…friendship)

3. Their brother who Jesus loved had became sick and when help was needed, Jesus doesn’t show up.

4. Jesus does finally get there, (late by Mary and Maratha’s account) and brings a strange and beautiful word.

5. Jesus speaks up on the old dusty road and says, “I am the resurrection and the life”

6. She believes but it still doesn’t add up.

7. Jesus then goes to the tomb of Lazarus and says, “Come out.” He does and now it all adds up.

What to do while God is not added up.

1. Outside the faith? Surrender to Him. Come to Him. It’s that simple. Stop running from the one that loves you so much he died for you.

2. Those inside the faith? Remind yourself that God is good, faithful, just and perfect love. You can trust Him for the right answer in due time. It will add up…I promise you.

Have you ever experienced an event in your life when things just didn’t add up? Then God shows up and the event changes quickly and adds up perfectly? Please take a moment to leave a comment and share your story.

Came across this video from Matt Chandler and thought you guys would find it interesting. What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.