Thursday, September 27, 2007

I'm so glad that I am a guy!



MOSCOW — A small Russian city just got a really big addition: its resident has delivered her 12th baby at 17.05 pounds — the biggest on the nation's record. Tatiana Khalina, 42, delivered the girl by Caesarean section at a maternity clinic in Aleisk, a town of 30,000 in the Altai region in southern Siberia, Svetlana Gildeyeva, a nurse at the clinic, said Thursday.

I'm sure this lady is no relation to my family! Holy huge! I'm glad that I'm a guy.

How To Deal With Critical People, Part 3

Whether you are confronting a friend in love or examining your own life, which God tells us to do first by the way, here are 3 things that you need to do to conquer criticism.
1. ADMIT THAT IT IS A PROBLEM. The Bible says "Do everything without complaining and arguing." How do you do that? Admit it is a problem for you or for your friend. Proverbs 28:13 "A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance." If you are the critical person, confess your sin to God. If your friend is the critic, pray for them and don't engage in conversations with them that are critical of self or others.
2.ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY OWN LIFE.
Many times complaining is just an attempt to blame other people for the problems I've created. Or excuse myself and put the focus on somebody else. I brought the problem into my life, I'm the cause of it, but if I complain or criticize maybe I can shift the focus onto somebody else and it will make me feel just a little bit better. We like to pass the buck and it makes us feel better. Proverbs 19:3 "Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid mistakes and then blame the Lord." Whether it is you or you friend that deals with this issue, the critical person must accept responsibility and not play the blame game.
3. DEVELOP THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
I Thes. 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." God says "I want you to be thankful in all circumstances." It does not say "for all circumstances". You cannot always be thankful for the circumstances, but you can be thankful in the situation. I know that God is working all things for good. God's purpose for my life is greater than my problems, so in everything I can give thanks. Not for my problems, but in the midst of them. Don't allow yourself to grow bitter but allow each struggle to make you better.

Join us this weekend as I share the steps that you must take in dealing with critical people. If you can't make it you can listen to it on our podcast via our website.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

How To Deal With Critical People, Part 2

The next 3 that we are going to identify are...

2. THE "MARTYR" --

Favorite phrase: "No one appreciates me."

Numbers 11:11-15 "Moses said to the Lord, `Why pick on me, to give the burden of a people like this? I can't carry this nation by myself! If you're going to treat me like this, please kill me right now -- it will be a kindness! Let me out of this impossible situation!"

These people are pros at having big fat pity parties for themselves. When they are sick or under pressure they want everybody to know about it. How do you react when you don't get your way? Do you mount a complaining campaign? I have, so your in good company. Let's decide not to be the 'martyr' today.

3. THE "CYNIC"

Favorite phrase: "Nothing will ever change."

Eccl. 1:2-4,9 "Life is useless. You spend your life working and what do you have to show for it? The world stays just the same ... what has been done before will be done again."

Actually, this last phrase probably refers to cleaning the house with 4 kids. What's the use? Cynicism breeds the opposite of hope and hope is the air that we breath. Don't allow it to be polluted today.

4. THE "PERFECTIONIST"

Favorite phrase: "Is that the best you can do?"

Proverbs 27:15 "A nagging wife is like water going drip, drip, drip on a rainy day."
Proverbs 21:19 "Better to live out in the desert than with a nagging, complaining wife."


This refers to husbands also ladies, so relax! Nagging perfectionists. Nothing is ever right. Always arguing. Nothing is ever right for this person. It is never good enough. Nothing destroys the warmth of a home faster than complaining. Nothing destroys the harmony of a marriage faster than complaining. Nagging doesn't work. It just makes everybody upset. If your kids are complaining continuously, ask yourself if you are setting the example.

Ask God by His Holy Spirit to show you if you are any of the 4 mentioned these last 2 days. Tomorrow we'll talk about how to deal with others and yourself in regards to being critical people.

Monday, September 24, 2007

How To Deal With Critical People (even if it's you)

This weekend I will be doing a message talking about being critical. I'll be writing some thoughts from my message prep, it's good stuff. Here we go. The Bible says God wants Christians to be different. In fact, here is the scripture for this weekend. It's found in Philippians 2:14-15, it says, "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe." What does God's word have to say about dealing with this habit of being critical or complaining? Here are a few types of critics & complainers that God shows us in His word. Maybe you can relate, I think I've been each of them on different days of my life. These are from a great Rick Warren message that I read recently. Here is the first one for today...

1. THE "WHINER" -- David
Psalm 73:13 "Have I been wasting my time? Why take all the trouble to be pure? All I get out of it is trouble and woe." This type of person wakes up negative. They rise and whine. David does this all through the Psalms. Here is the tell-tale sign of the whiner is when they say things like: "It's not fair. I don't deserve this. Everybody else gets all the breaks." Life is not fair. God never said it is going to be fair. In fact, the fairness thing won't kick in until heaven or hell. Complaining or criticizing about it does not work.

Question, "What are you complaining about today?" Complaining is the sin that kept the Israelites out of the Promised land and it can keep you from fulfilling your destiny in Christ! Man! I have been a whiner so many times in my life! Recently by the way. Today I'm making a decision to not whine about my circumstances but I'm focusing on the goodness of God in my life! Will you join me?

Stuck In A Room With You, How To Deal With Manipulative People

This past week we continued our series called, "Stuck In A Room With You." – We talked about how to deal with manipulative people. It one of our most requested messages in recent history and must have struck a chord with many. You can listen to the message podcast through our website at www.freedomlife.tv or click here to download

Webster's Dictionary defines manipulation as the desire... 2 to control by unfair or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage 3 : to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose. In other words, God has a plan for your life and so does other people (including Satan). The root of manipulation is the desire to control which ultimately stems from insecurity. Read the story in Luke chapter 4 about how Jesus dealt with

MANIPULATORS’ GREATEST WEAPONS:

1. Threats

• JEZEBEL MANIPULATED ELIJAH WITH FEAR.
“Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.’ Elijah was afraid [a] and ran for his life.” 1 Kings 19:1-3

• Threats:
o If you want to work here, you’ll do this.
o If you don’t do this, I’m leaving you.
o If you don’t tell me, I’m hanging up.
o If you don’t pay more attention to me, I’m taking you out of my will.
o If you don’t do this, you are not getting any of that.

Key Scripture--Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25

2. GUILT

DELILAH MANIPULATED SAMSON WITH THIS.
Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when you won't confide in me?...16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death. Judg 16:15-16

o If you love me, you’d do what I ask.
o After all I’ve done for you; you won’t do this one thing.
o Silent treatment: I’m not talking to you right now.
o Thought we were close; obviously I can’t count on you.
o If you don’t do this, you’re not good person.
o If you don’t meet my needs, I’ll find another way to get them met.

Key scripture-- “…there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
God uses conviction to free us, Satan uses condemnation to control us. Don't allow yourself to stay condemned, confess the Word Of God over your life and rise up and be free!

HOW TO BREAK THE POWER OF MANIPULATION OVER YOUR LIFE

1) RECOGNIZE WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO CONTROL YOU.

…Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem…and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" Matt 16:21-22

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE BEING MANIPULATED?
• You can’t say “no” to a certain person.
• You always feel guilty.
• You feel ultimately responsible.
• You compromise your values to please others.

It may be a parent, a spouse, a friend, a boss... others normally recognize before we do when we are being controlled by someone. Instead of discounting someone's observations, ask God to reveal to you if that is occurring in your life today.

2) RESOLVE THAT YOU WILL NOT PLAY THE GAME!

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7So if you worship me, it will all be yours." 8Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'" Luke 4:5-8

• If someone else has control, you are committing the sin of idolatry. God is the only one that should have control over our lives because He alone is good. Jesus responded to Satan's desire for control with the Word of God. Make a decision to digest daily the Word Of God into your Spirit so that you can be strong in God's power and walk in victory and freedom!

3) REPOSITION THE RELATIONSHIP.

Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." Matt 16:21-23

I would not encourage you to tell someone that they are Satan, but I do want to encourage you to establish healthy boundaries in relationships. Your relationships should not be marked by fear, threats & guilt. Break free from that today in Jesus name!
Don't ever forget that the truth sets us free! Here are 2 scriptures that I would like to encourage you to memorize and confess over your life this week!

Obviously, I'm not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ's servant. Gal 1:10 NLT

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Break free from unhealthy control over you and follow God's plan for your life this week!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"'Right With God' But Not Churchgoer

"'Right With God' But Not Churchgoer Says Thompson" in a recent headline about the popular presidential hopeful. I like Fred and he seems to share the view and value of an increasingly large amount of Americans. Here are a few reasons that I believe everyone should have a church family, not simply hop around like a consumer looking for the perfect sale or meeting with your friends on occasion to read a verse or 2. Being a part of a church family (not simply going to church although that's a start) whether it's a big church, small church or even a small group church in the backwoods somewhere is Biblical and vital to our spiritual lives. You can love Jesus but I wouldn't recommend hating his wife (the church). Here are a few reasons that I think everyone should love Christ's church (not just Freedom Life) and be a part of it. Remember, virtually every reference in the New Testament church was to an active and visible local church body.
1. It shows whether or not you are a genuine or true believer. (John 13:35 says, Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.)
2. A church family keeps you from being isolated and self-centered. (1 Corinthians 12:26, If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.)
3. A church family helps you grow spiritually. (Ephesians 4:16, He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.)
4. The church (body of Christ) needs you. (1 Corinthians 12:7, A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.)
5. It helps us be a part of what God is doing around the world. (Ephesians 2:10)
6. A church family helps you to stay 'right with God' so that you don't fall away. (James 5:19,20; Hebrews 13:17; Acts 2:42)

Churches are not perfect, they are a beautiful mess! Commit to a church family wherever it may be and however messy it may be and let's make Jesus famous again in our generation! Thoughts?

If you missed last weekends message...

Last week we talked about how to deal with overly needy people. If you are a Christ-follower, we are called to help the needs of others so this always creates a tension within us. Scripture shows us that Jesus modeled compassion and always helped the needy. "…when (Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd." Matthew 9:36 NKJV So how do we help people without simply being taken advantage of or enabling them to stay dependent on you rather than God? Here are a few things to remember.

1) OFFER WHAT THEY NEED NOT WHAT THEY WANT.
Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up…
Acts 3:6-7

• Identify the real need.
• Pay attention to the show, not just the tell.

2) REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN HELP BUT YOU ARE NOT THEIR SAVIOR.
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. Acts. 3:16

• You must remember that you are called to be Jesus with skin on.

• You must remember that Jesus is the savior, not you.

3) KEEP THE FENCE UP BY SETTING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" Mark 1:35-37
• Time boundaries
• Resource boundaries

4) ALLOW THEM TO FACE THEIR CONSEQUENCES.
Don't be misled. Remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. Galatians 6:7-8 NLT
• Rescuing isn’t always helping.

The number one issue is compassion and having the heart of God. Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Luke 5:31 When helping chronically needy people love is most important, but you need wisdom so that you don't enable people to stay needy. God wants us to become healthy and whole & to help others to do the same.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

How To Keep Your Head From Exploding, Part 4

As we conclude our look at dealing with stress, let's take a gander at the following scripture...
Philippians 4:4-8, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

The 4th step that you need to take is to THINK ABOUT THE RIGHT THINGS
In an article written by Rick Warren, he said, "To reduce stress in your life you must change the way your think. The stress is in yourself not outside. Your mind is a special gift from God. Your mind is capable of storing over 100 trillion thoughts. It can handle enormous things. You hve been given by God the freedom to choose what you think about. V. 8 "finally brothers, whatever is true ... noble .. right .. pure ... lovely ... admirable -- If anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things." You need to chosoe what you think about and think about the right things. What we put into our minds affects our lives."

If you are stressed today, the question you need to ask yourself is, "What am I allowing into my mind?" The things that you look at, read about & listen to can cause you to have joy or discouragement. What you think about will determine how you feel and ultimately determine how you act. Paul is saying this involves a deliberate, conscious choice. Change the channels of your mind. When a thought comes into your mind, ask "Is this true, noble, right...?" If it's not, reject it. These eight words are eight filters. If the thoughts is not right, true, pure, lovely, etc. don't think about them. Don't allow them to get into your mind, because it's going to create stress. Proverbs 23:7 "As a man thinks in his heart, so he is." What dominates your mind? What do you think about the most? The root cause of stress is the way I choose to think. The simple truth is, whhatever I think about is what I am becoming. If you don't like the way you're headed, change what you think about. Change the direction of your thought life. Here is the result."If you do this you will experience God's Peace which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your heart quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus." v. 7. There is a promise of guaranteed peace of mind. People are looking everywhere for peace of mind and we know we can find it by following the advice of the Apostle Paul and ultimately by trusting in Jesus Christ.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Unlikely Friendships


When I was a teenager I was in the jock crowd, but my closest friends were a bunch of skaters with multi-colored hair. It was an odd grouping, I would not have naturally made those friendships. But we were Christ-followers and we had more in common than we initially thought. I was reminded of that when I read an article about the picture above. It's about a monkey that was abandoned by his mom and ultimately became close friends with a pigeon. Sounds like those 'after-school' movie specials they used to have on ABC. Anyway, moving along. Without going into details, use google for that, the 3 week old monkey became healthy once he made this unlikely friendship. He is eating and doing great. Friendships are important! Take a risk this week, go out on a limb (bad pun), and pursue other godly people to do life together with. You'll find that your life will be healthier and more enjoyable than 'going it alone.'

How To Keep Your Head From Exploding, Part 3

This week we are looking at the following scripture...
Philippians 4:4-8, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Paul reminds us that the keys to de-stressing our lives are very clear.
First, we much make a decision to no longer worry or be anxious.
Second, we need turn our worry into prayer requests and give it to God.
The next step is very simply to THANK GOD FOR ALL THINGS.
v. 6 "... in everything ... with thanksgiving ..."
Good News says, "...always asking Him with a thankful heart." In an article that read recently by Rick Warren, he said,
"The attitude of gratitude. The healthiest human emotion is the attitude of gratitude, having a
grateful heart, being thankful. It actually increases your immunities. It is a physical benefit to express the attitude of gratitude. Ungrateful people also tend to be unhappy people. Nothing every satisfies them, it's never good enough. They are "when... and then" people -- "when such and such happens then I'll be happy". If you're depressed, make a list of fifty things you can be grateful for. When you're grateful, it gets the focus off your problems and gets the focus on the benefits in your life. We have so much that we take for granted."

It makes sense! Develop the attitude of gratitude and watch the stress level in your life go down. It gets your eyes off the problem and focused on the goodness of God in your life.
I Thes. 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." One part of God's will for your life is "in all things give thanks." Remember, there is always something to be grateful for.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

How To Keep Your Head From Exploding, Part 2

Here is the second step that you can take this week in order to keep your head from exploding!
2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING (START BY THANKING GOD)
Philippians 4:4-8, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God never ends anything on a negative, He ends everything on a positive. Paul encourages us to thank God (rejoice) and have joy as we present our requests to God. If you stopped worrying today, just think of all of the extra time you would have. You can replace that time with prayer. Take that time that you normally would worry and begin to thank God for every blessing in your life. Don't be anxious, but give God a detailed list of everything that you have need of in your life. God is interested in everything in your life. Be specific about your needs. Most people pray doubt-filled general prayers. Make a decision today to pray faith-filled specific prayers. If you are nervous today, ask God for peace. If you need money, ask God for what you need. Remember, if it's big enough to worry about, it's big enough to pray about. I Peter 5:7: "Unload all your worries on Him since He is looking after you!" Unload your problems onto the Lord today! Listen to this last thing... there is no problem that is too big for God's power or too small for God's concern. James 4:2 "You have not because you ask not." Twenty times in the New Testament we are told
"ask". So go ahead and get started today! God is waiting to hear from you!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

How To Keep Your Head From Exploding, Part 1

This week on my blog I'm going to share 4 steps that you can take to de-stress your life. Stress is something that can really make you feel like your head is about to explode! It can cause you to believe that your life is falling apart. Lots of stress is not only dangerous for your health, it is toxic for your relationships. All of us deal with stress. Maybe it's your job, finances, school, friends, kids...the list goes on in regards to what can stress you out. The question is, "how will you deal with it?" I recently went through these steps to help me deal with the boat load of stress that I've been dealing with and I think it may help you also. Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious (or worry) about anything..." When Paul wrote Philippians he was in prison waiting to be executed by Nero. His words were not simply fluff, he was living it daily. The 1st step you need to take is to worry about nothing. Worry is a huge source of stress. In a message I read from Rick Warren recently, he shared... "We tend to expect the worst in life. Smithsonian magazine calls this the Age of Anxiety. There are macro worries that every body on the planet worries about. There are micro worries that are personal, that you have everyday. Worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended for me to have. It's playing God, trying to control the uncontrollable. Dr. Walter Cavert has done studies on your worries. He has discovered that:
40% of our worries never happen
30% of our worries concern the past
12% of our worries are needless worries about your health
10% of our worries are insignificant or petty concerns
8% of our worries are really legitimate concerns
Worry is worthless.
" Worry is worthless because it cannot change the past or control the future. It only seems to mess up the present. It sucks the energy out of you to enjoy life. When we worry about things, they seem get bigger and more insurmountable.
The Bible says, "Do not worry about anything." I have found this to be a difficult command to obey. Sometimes I have the annoying ability to find a problem in every solution. I can look only at the negative, the bad. Worry is not natural, Jesus said, in Matthew 6:6. It is something you learn; you have to practice to get good at it. If it is something you learn, you can unlearn it also. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own."
Here's one big decision you can make to de-stress your life today. Choose to relieve stress by living one day at a time.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

What An Awesome Day!

Yesterday was an awesome day! After not sleeping well the last few nights in prep for our big kick-off and the opening of our newly redesigned children's wing, last night was heavenly. Everything was so good yesterday. Jon & Kate Gosselin did an excellent job telling their story. The kid's ministry team kicked it into high gear! The worship was incredible and God's presence was so sweet. We had our largest fall kick-off ever with about 500 people in attendance. Almost 5 years ago when I became the Lead Pastor at our church, I dreamed of days like yesterday. It's so much fun to see God put a dream in your heart, then surround you with an incredible team to make it become reality. It is fun to be a part of what God is doing! I'm not sure what today holds, but yesterday was a great day!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Just Hours Away!

I am totally exhausted from a busy week but I'm sure that I'll have trouble sleeping tonight! We are just hours away from the grand opening of our newly redesigned children's wing and fall kick-off with special guests Jon & Kate Plus 8. I am so overwhelmed and thankful for the incredible giving of time, talent & treasure from our church family over these last few months. So many people have worked so hard and given so much to make this day happen. It's always exciting to see a vision become reality. Tomorrow is going to be one of the great days of our church and I am thankful to be a part of it. We have an awesome church family and we serve an awesome God!

Friday, September 7, 2007

7 Ways To Know That God Is Leading You, Part 3

Today is the final installment of this particular topic. 3 more things to consider when trying to be led by God.

5. MAKE SURE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE, NOT EVERYONE ELSE'S.

"We will all be judged one day, not by each other's standards, or even our own, but by the
judgment of God. . . it is to God alone that we shall have to answer for our actions." Rom.14:10, 13 (Ph)


This is important especially in the stream of faith that I swim. The prophetic is important but sometimes people can be focused on what everyone else should be doing. When God does speak a word to us for someone else we would do well to remember that God will mostly use you or I to confirm what He's already said to them. Many times God will use you and speak through you even without you knowing it which is pretty cool. Moving on...

6. IT IS CONVICTING RATHER THAN CONDEMNING.

"If we confess our sins to him, God can be depended on to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong." 1 John 1:9 (LB)

"Satan is the accuser of believers." Rev. 12;10


The differences between CONVICTION & CONDEMNATION is... conviction is from God and it let's you know when you have sinned, condemnation is from Satan and it tells you that you are worthless.

7. YOU SHOULD SENSE PEACE ABOUT IT.

"God is not the author of confusion." 1 Cor. 14:33

"Let the peace of God rule in your hearts..." Col. 3:15


These 7 ways I believe will be helpful to you as you make important decisions in your life. If you get it wrong and make a bad decision, relax! God' grace is enough and you never know how God will use even our screw-ups for His glory. You can't lose so go and do something great for God! You're on your way...!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

7 Ways To Know That God Is Leading You, Part 2

Yesterday I shared 2 ways to know that God is leading you. Today I'd like to share 2 more, so here we go...When making decisions...

MAKE SURE YOUR CHURCH FAMILY (GODLY FRIENDS) CONFIRM IT?

"God's intent is that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known." Eph. 3:10

"The wisdom of the righteous can save you." Pr. 11:9 (GN)


MAKE SURE IT’S CONSISTENT WITH HOW GOD HAS WIRED YOU.

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do." Eph. 2:10

"God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. . ." Rom. 12:6 (LB)



Take a few moments and use these 4 principles to evaluate the big and small decisions that you are facing today and make sure that God really is leading you!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

7 Ways To Know That God Is Leading You



What if we could 'sniff out' with K-9 like ability the path that God is leading our lives each day? So many times I have made dumb decisions and filed it under the "I feel like God is leading me" excuse that we as Christians revere so deeply. Since the Bible teaches us that God does lead us, how do we know for sure that it is Him and not our own selfish desires or creative imagination? I recently read an article by Rick Warren on this very topic and He shared some great stuff that I'd like to share with you. The 7 ways that God leads us can be used as a filter to help us make sure that we are on the path that God is leading and not simply following our own desires.

The first way that we can know that God is leading us is to test whether or not our decision, feelings or even someone else's opinion is from; ourselves (Proverbs 14:12), God (Job 33:14), or Satan (2 Cor. 11:14). 1 John 4:1 says, "Don't always believe everything you hear just because someone says it is a message from God; test it first to see if it really is!"

Here are the first 2 ways to be sure that God is leading you and you are not misleading you!

1. MAKE SURE YOUR DECISION AGREES WITH GOD'S WORD.


"Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away." Lk. 21:33

"Even if an angel should preach a different `gospel' than this let him be eternally condemned!" Gal. 1:8


We need to be careful to interpret scripture correctly when using this evaluation. We can read anything we want into scripture if we are desperate enough. We need to let God place what He wants into our hearts through His Word. Keep everything in context.

2. MAKE SURE YOUR DECISION MAKES YOU MORE LIKE JESUS CHRIST

"In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus." Phil 2:5 (NCV)

"If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition. . . such `wisdom' doesn't come from heaven... but is of the devil. The wisdom that comes from God is... pure, peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial and sincere." James 3:14-17


God's desire is not merely for our temporary happiness. That is painful to read I know! I want God to want what I want. It is important to remember that God doesn't always lead us to the path of least resistance.

Tune in this week for the remaining 5 ways to be sure that God is leading you!