Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Me I Want To Be- Part 5

“... I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

HOW TO KEEP HOLY MOMENTUM!
"So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites..." Exodus 1:11-12

The more that the devil comes against you, the more God wants to establish & prosper you! Below are 5 momentum builders that will help you become what God has called you to be!

1. Life giving FRIENDSHIPS & PARTNERSHIPS.
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.” Psalm 1:1
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)
2. Positive WORDS & Positive PERSPECTIVE.
“But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.” Psalm 1:2
“There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.” Eph. 4:23
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
Remember, negativity is nothing more than looking at life from the devil’s perspective. Choose your words & the way that you view life with faith!
3. A Commitment To Being PLANTED In God’s House.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing...” Psalm 92:12-14

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PLANTED:

-Making Church a custom (habit) in your life
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Even in the early Church there were people who started out in the House of God, but whose commitment slipped. Are you in the habit of being positioned in God’s House, or in the habit of forsaking God’s House? One of the keys reasons you need to be planted in the House is so that you can impact the lives of others, by exhorting & encouraging one another.
-Making a contribution to the local church
1 Corinthians 3:9-15 “For we are God's fellow workers...”
Paul understood the importance of partnering with heaven and being a builder of God’s House on earth. God is the architect, the plans have been drawn up, the foundation is laid and now you have been commissioned to labour with God in seeing His purpose fulfilled in the earth. There is no greater privilege than building the one organization that Jesus has promised to build. He is constructing a victorious Church that is strong and magnificent in the earth.
-Being committed to the Church
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her." Ephesians 5:25
Jesus loved the Church to the extent that He was prepared to die for the Church. His love was evidenced by a passion and a commitment to the Church. His commitment was total. To be planted in the House means to give radically, and unreservedly contribute to the purpose of God. Give your time, your treasure and your talent to the House of God.
-A willingness to confront people’s attitudes toward the Church ( see John 2:13-17)
Jesus passionately confronted wrong attitudes about His church. When people begin to criticise or speak negatively about the House of God then be prepared to confront their attitude. Do not allow people who are more interested in building their own business, their own ministry or their own kingdom to detract from your commitment to the House of God.

4. A Commitment To A GENEROUS Spirit.
“...Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.” Proverbs 11:24
5. A Commitment To CHRIST & His CAUSE.
“...For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37
“The Son of God came for this purpose: to destroy the devil's work.” 1 John 3:8

Monday, October 25, 2010

THE ME I WANT TO BE- PART 4

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“A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26

DO YOUR FRIENDS PULL YOU FROM FROM YOUR DESTINY? JOHN 5:1-13 (Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man)
DO YOUR FRIENDS PULL YOU TOWARD YOUR DESTINY? MARK 2:1-12 (Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man)

5 THINGS THAT YOU NEED FROM YOUR FRIENDS

1. FULL OF WISDOM FROM GOD.
 “BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes],
“He who walks with the wise will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20
2. FULL OF PASSION FOR GOD.
“...nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk,...”
“Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 1 Cor. 15:33
3. FULL OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU.
“...nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. 2But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.” Psalm 1:1-2
“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.” Philemon 1:7
4. FULL OF LOYALTY FOR YOU.
“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” Proverbs 18:24 (MSG)
5. FULL OF LOVE FOR YOU.
 “A friend loves at all times...” Proverbs 17:17
“This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.” John 15:13 (MSG)

The Me I Want To Be- Part 3

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We all make declarations over our lives. Often times we allow what others have called us to get on the inside of us & determine how we view ourselves. It is true that, ”The tongue has the power of life and death...” Proverbs 18:21 (GWT)

Regardless of what others have named you over the years or what has been said about you, your heavenly Father has declared good things over your life & your future!

DON’T LET THE WRONG PEOPLE NAME YOU
God chose to alter the future of Abram because of his faith & name him Abraham, the father of many nations. Abraham's name reflected the declaration that was made over his life in faith. God called his one & only son Jesus, declaring him to be the salvation of the world. His name declared what his destiny would be. Whatever God names you, you are!

KNOWING WHAT GOD CALLS YOU WILL SET YOU FREE.
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (NLT)
“... you have a full and true life (complete) in Christ, who is ruler over all rulers and powers.” Colossians 2:9-10 NCV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17 (NKJV)
“God made him who had no sin (Jesus) to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
“For we are God’s masterpiece...” Eph. 2:10
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Speak what Heaven says about you... DECLARE IT OVER YOUR LIFE!
  Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. Psalm 107:2

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Me I Want To Be- Part 2

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THE ME I WANT TO BE- PART 2, Renewing Your Mind
"Be careful how you think. Your life is shaped by your thoughts." Prov. 4:23 (GN)
"Your mind must be renewed by a spiritual revolution so that you can put on the `new self' that has been created in God's way ..." Eph 4:23-25 (Jer)

God Has Given You A New Spirit, But You Must Renew Your Mind
When you believe, you become born again! John 3:3
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17 (NKJV)
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Rom. 12:2 (NLT)
Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Preprogrammed Thoughts Control Our Lives More Than We Realize
SPIES RESPONSE TO THEIR GIANT- “We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” Numbers 13:33 (NLT)
DAVID’S RESPONSE TO HIS GIANT- “...For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”... 29 And David said... Is there not a cause?” 1 Samuel 17:26-29

All behavior is based on a BELIEF.
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Prov. 4:23 (TEV)
 Behind every sin is a LIE that I’m believing.
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.” Titus 3:3
Changing your life requires changing your beliefs which begins with your THOUGHTS.(Think -> Feel -> Act)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 NLT “... the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

DAVID’S REMEDY- PSALM 1
“There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.” Eph. 4:23

1. Meditating on God's Word will give you spiritual SUCCESS.
God told Joshua, "Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed" Joshua 1:8, NLT
2. Meditating on God's Word will help you keep a right HEART.
"The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" Hebrews 4:12, NIV
3. Meditating on God's Word will give you WISDOM that will guide you.
“I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes" Psalm 119:99 NIV
4. Meditating on God’s Word will fill your mind with God’s THOUGHTS.
"Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about" Philippians 4:8, TLB

Change is a matter of CHOICE and I can CHOOSE what I think about.
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" 2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV
Think the same way that Christ Jesus thought. Phil. 2:5

Friday, October 8, 2010

Leadership Summit- Oct. 8, 2010


We had a good night with some of the greatest leaders on the planet! God is doing so many awesome things in & through our church. Here are the notes that I shared which were taken from Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong church. Jason Rising & I served up some pretty sweet outfits that were part friar, part don king. Below are some key principles & scriptures that will help you keep holy momentum in your every day life!

HOW TO KEEP HOLY MOMENTUM!

"So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites..." Exodus 1:11-12
“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.” Proverbs 11:24

1. Positive WORDS & Positive PERSPECTIVE.
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
2. Life giving FRIENDSHIPS & PARTNERSHIPS.
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)
3. A commitment to COMMUNITY & PEOPLE.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
4. A sacrificial COMMITMENT & VOLUNTARY spirit.
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
5. Belief in the CAUSE.
“Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37
6. Youthful DREAMS & VISIONS.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Me I Want To Be- Part 1

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Your life is a gift waiting to happen!
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Understand this about you!
-You have been created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27)
- God breathed the breath His life into you (Genesis 2:7)
-God formed you from the beginning (Jer. 1:5) & you are fearfully & wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

“God knew- what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the SAME lines - as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. - We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.” Romans 8:29 (MSG)

We all struggle with...
The me I don’t want to be
The me I pretend to be
The me I think that I should be
The me that other people want me to be
The me that I’m afraid God wants me to be
The me that fails to be
The me that I am meant to be


1 Samuel 16 & 17- The Story of David & Goliath

1. Understand that you are called by God.
Instead of being ruled by the circumstances of your birth or the limitations of your background, you can move forward into God’s amazing plan for your life. 1 Samuel 16:1-13 God doesn't look at the outward appearance, He looks at our hearts.
2. Know that daily obedience is the path to your destiny.
The greatest concern in your life should be whether or not you’re becoming what God has called you to be each day!
1 Samuel 17:12-32- It is obedience to God in the seemingly mundane things of life that position us for God's purposes!
3. Remember the Holy Spirit has gifted & empowered you for the purposes of God.
Set aside other peoples expectations & simply be who God has already called you to be! 1 Samuel 17:32-51- Every Goliath that you won’t conquer in your life will live to terrorize you, your friends & future generations after you. Face your greatest fears with great faith!

“Spiritual greatness has nothing to do with being greater than others. It has everything to do with being as great as each of us can be.” Henry Nouwen

 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph. 2:10
"For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers...” Acts 13:36 (NLT)