Saturday, April 23, 2011

MOMENTUM: Moving Forward, Part 1

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Momentum = mass x speed x direction (the art of movement)
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein

In What Areas Of Your Life Do You Need Momentum Today?
-Physical  -Financial  -Career  -Relational  -Spiritual

Momentum is all about movement. Most people have lost momentum in the key arenas of life. Easter is a celebration of the holy momentum that Jesus brings to our lives. Whatever you may have lost in your life, it's time to get it back!

“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
“The Son of God came for this purpose: to destroy the devil's work.” 1 John 3:8

Momentum Begins When You Do Something NEW.
"... (God) said, “...Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”  Revelation 21:5 (NLT)
"Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life, and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven." 1 Peter 1:3–4 (MSG)

The apostle Peter says several things happen once you give your life to Jesus:

• You open up your life to God and get to know him. 
• You’re given a brand new life, which gives you everything to live for.
• You get a future in heaven. 

“Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 (MSG).
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

Momentum That Brings Real Change Begins With God’s POWER, not your WILLPOWER.
“Can... a leopard take away his spots?  Nor can you who are so used to doing evil now start being good.”  Jeremiah 13:23 (LB)
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT)

Maintain Positive Momentum By PUSHING forward, Not By PULLING back. 
"So give yourselves completely to God. Stand against the devil, and the devil will run from you.8 Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, clean sin out of your lives. You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time, make your thinking pure."  James 4:7-8 (NCV)
"The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you."  Romans 6:4 (NLT) *see also Romans 6:4, Zechariah 6:4

The Same Power That Conquered The Grave Lives In You! You Have Holy Momentum In Your Life Today Because Of Easter! Click Here to listen to the song we closed our Easter services with.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Who Do You Think You Are? Part 3

HOW TO BECOME WHO GOD THINKS YOU ARE

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“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

See 2 Samuel 4:4 & 2 Samuel 9. The story of Mephibosheth is an extraordinary story of grace & kindness. Once he understood who he really was (royalty), it changed everything!

1. Know The New You
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
"By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17 (NASB)
2. Meditate On The New You
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 (NLT) *see also Psalm 1:1, Joshua 1:8, Colossians 3:16-17
3. Hang Out With The New You
“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” Proverbs 13:20 (MSG)
*see also Genesis 13:9, James 1:8
4. Act Like The New You
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.” Matthew 7:24-25 (NLT)
*see also James 1:23-25
5. Talk Like The New You
“As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” Romans 4:17 (NIV)
“Words can bring death or life!...” Proverbs 18:21 (CEV)
*see also 2 Corinthians 8:3-9, Psalm 91:16
6. See The New You
“Your eyes are like a window for your body. When they are good, you have all the light you need. 23But when your eyes are bad, everything is dark...” Matthew 6:22-23 (CEV)
*see also Proverbs 22:9,
7. Walk In The New You
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.” Ezekiel 36:26 (ESV)
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 (ESV)
*see also Galatians 5:16, Romans 8:14

Click here for a list of meditations & confessions about your new life in Christ!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Who Do You Think You Are? Part 2

We had a great day in the life of our church! No matter what you're going through, don't quit! God is with you & He loves you! Below are the notes from the message. No matter who you may think you are, if you're a Christ-follower, you're an overcomer!
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• WITH CHRIST, YOU ARE AN OVERCOMER.
…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
…If God is for us, who can be against us?... 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through [Christ] who loved us. Romans 8:31-32, 35, 37

7 CHARACTERISTICS OF AN OVERCOMER

1. REFUSE TO GROW WEARY.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.  Galatians 6:9-10 (see also Matthew 4:2-3, Hebrews 12:3, Isaiah 40:31) 

2. COMMIT TO DOING GOOD. 
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.  Galatians 6:9-10  (see also, 2 Corinthians 8:10-12)

3. RECOGNIZE THAT THEIR ARE SEASONS. 
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”  Galatians 6:9 
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1  (see also Habakkuk 2:2-4)

4. REFUSE TO LOSE HEART. 
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Galatians 6:9

5. COMMIT TO SOWING INTO YOUR FUTURE. 
“They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”  Psalm 126:6 (NLT) 
"...one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward."  Proverbs 11:18
*see also Hosea 8:7, 2 Corinthians 9:6, Galatians 6:7-8, James 3:17-18

6. COMMIT TO THE WILL OF GOD. 
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:  Heb 10:36  (see also Matthew 26:38-39)  
"O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."  Matthew 26:38-39 

7. COMMIT TO FINISHING. 
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 2 Timothy 4:7 (NLT) (see also 2 Corinthians 8:10-12, Hebrews 10:36-38, 2 Timothy 4:7) 
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Who Do You Think You Are? Part 1

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This past weekend we talked about taking a God look at yourself. Below are the notes. The Bible is a revelation of God's thoughts toward you. I hope that these thoughts will help you consider who you really are according to God!

You will become what you BELIEVE.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (AMP)
Understand what influences your perception of your life. They are influence by your...Your Parents, Your Past, Your Physique, Your Performance, Your Peers.
When you base the perception of your life on these factors, you are building on the wrong foundation. Matt. 15:10-11, 15-20, Luke 6:47-49

To change your perception of your life, discover what GOD says about you.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” ISAIAH 55:8-9 (NIV)
"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." Romans 12:2 (NLT) *see also Psalm 139:17, Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 3:20

God Thought- If you have a limited view of God, you’ll always have a limited view of yourself.

1. The Word says you are WONDERFULLY created.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)

“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without ever wondering at all.” Augustine (399 AD)

2. The Word says you are created in the IMAGE of God.
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us... 27 So God created human beings[b] in his own image. In the image of God he created them male and female he created them... 28 Then God blessed them...”. Genesis 1:26-28
“... put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:10 *see also Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3, John 14:9, 1 Corinthians 15:49, Romans 8:29

3. The Word says you were created with PURPOSE and DESTINY.
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. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) *see also Jeremiah 1:4-5 & 2 Timothy 1:9-10

4. The Word says that you are more VALUABLE than you can imagine.
“You have been bought and paid for by Christ, so you belong to him—be free now from all these earthly prides and fears” 1 Corinthians 7:23 (LB) *see also 1 Peter 1:18-19, Matthew 6:26; 10:31; 12:2

5. The Word says that what’s true of JESUS is true of you!
“Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:3-4 *see also Romans 3:24; 6:23; 8:39,1 Cor.1:30-31, 2 Cor. 1:20; 2:14; 5:17, Gal. 3:26 Eph. 1:3-12; 3:6; 3:12, Philippians 3:9,1 Timothy 1:14; 3:13,1 John 5:14)