Friday, May 27, 2011

Keep Momentum By Growing Your Faith!

Momentum begins with movement & is sustained with movement. If you want to grow in your faith, you need to keep pushing forward & taking steps into the future that God has for your life! God desires to grace your life with His holy momentum. I want to challenge you to take a step today! Take a moment & check out this post from Joel Osteen ministries & the link below about how to begin a relationship with God.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Scripture tells us that every person has been given a measure of faith. That faith can grow and increase; or it can be diminished. Notice today’s scripture doesn’t say, “Faith comes by having heard the Word of God one time.” It’s by hearing — present tense. Sure, God’s Word can transform us in an instant, but most of the time, we need to hear God’s truth over and over again in order for it to become active in our lives. The more we hear the Word, the more His truth chisels away at the doubt and unbelief that’s been built up over the years. His truth sets us free and causes our faith to grow!

Just as a seed needs water daily to grow, your spirit needs the Word of God daily. Your faith needs to be watered by His Word. It can be as simple as selecting a few scriptures to meditate on daily. Write them down and carry them in your purse or wallet. Read them out loud over and over. Let His truth sink down into your heart and move you forward into the freedom and victory He has prepared for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, thank You for Your Word that is living and active and growing in my life. I submit myself to You today and ask You to teach me Your ways. Give me insight into Your Word so that I may know You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

For more about how to grow your faith & begin a thriving relationship with God, check out these previous posts! http://tiny.cc/gbbbu

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

MOMENTUM: Holy Swagger, How To Keep Godfidence- Part 4

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The story of the seed and the sower is a powerful parable that helps us understand how God's holy momentum can be sucked out of our lives. In Matthew 13, Jesus shares about the things that can take our confidence in God's Word. Without God-fidence, we'll lack faith to trust and believe God for our future. The key to keeping a holy momentum in your life is to understand and apply God's Word. His Word will produce everything that you've ever desired in your life. Take a moment and identify what momentum suckers may be affecting your life today!

Momentum Sucker #1- Lack of UNDERSTANDING (vs. 18-19) 
 18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.
Momentum Sucker #2- PERSECUTION and PROBLEMS (vs. 20-21)
20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.
Momentum Sucker #3- WORRIES of life (vs. 22)
Momentum Sucker #4- Love of WEALTH/MONEY (vs. 22)
22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.
Keep Godfidence- by understanding & obeying GOD’S WORD! (vs. 23)
23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Key Thought- You'll never feel good about yourself as long as you live for & depend on yourself. Die to self & live! Gal 2:20
Fill your heart and life with a complete trust in God and His Word and your life will be graced with His holy momentum!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Get Your Holy Swagger Back! How To Build Your Confidence

My senior year in college was a challenging year. I struggled under the weight of making decisions that would seal my destiny in life. During that time of testing, I made some poor choices that really shook my confidence. I went from being excited about the future to dreading that there was one. When I lost my confidence, it had a very big impact on every area of my life. Fortunately, I made the decision to get back into agreement with God's Word and I allowed that Holy Swagger, Godfidence, to fill my heart again.
Do you need some confidence today? You'll never feel good about yourself as long as you live for yourself & depend on yourself. You need to be willing to die to yourself & live for God! (Galatians 2:20) The Apostle Paul reminds us that we shouldn't have any confidence in our own flesh, but we should have complete confidence in God who is working in us. Godfidence! I still fail from time to time & my confidence can still be shaken by the issues of life. No matter what is going on in my life, I've chosen to have confidence in God & take Him at His Word. Philippians 4:13 reminds us that we can do "all things through Christ who gives us strength."

Here are 7 truths from God's Word that will help you get the Holy Swagger back into your life!

1. God will fulfill His purpose for your life! (Psalm 138:8)
2. God loved and believed in you enough to send His Son, Jesus, to die for you. (John 3:16)
3. God will keep you from falling and present you in His presence with great joy. (Jude 24)
4. He had given you power by His Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8)
5. He has hand-picked you! (John 15:16)
6. While you were lost, He chose you to be made alive with Him. (Ephesians 2:5)
7. He believes in you & has given you a job to finish. (Mark 16:15)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Faith Works Is Coming This Fall!

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I'm so excited to announce that we will be launching Faith Works Bible College this fall! What is Faith Works? Check out the details below!

Faith Works Bible College brings you Bible teaching that is world-class. It's an extension college of the world-renowned Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia, and it's currently one of just a handful in the United States. This one and two year evening school comprises dynamic, faith-building Bible study lessons that reveal the believer’s inheritance in Christ Jesus. Easy to understand, with a ‘live-by’ context, this course has been designed to thoroughly ground you and establish you in the Word. It will help you develop and intimate relationship with God and gain confidence in your Christian walk.

Our website for this emerging new ministry in the life of our church is now up and running at www.faithworkscollege.tv! You'll be able to enroll online early next week and you check out all of the details on our website now. I hope that you'll pray and consider being a part of this incredible opportunity!

Monday, May 9, 2011

MOMENTUM: Momentum Moments, Part 3

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MOMENTUM: Momentum Moments, Part 3
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

The goal of the Christian life is not simply to arrive safely to our destination. God wants us to walk on the water with Him and experience things that we've never dreamed. There will be moments when you feel like the holy momentum in your life has been sucked away. In those moments you need to do these 3 things:

1. Keep Taking STEPS Into Your Future.
"But Jesus quickly spoke to them, "Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid." Peter said, "Lord, if it is really you, then command me to come to you on the water." Jesus said, "Come."  And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. Matthew 14:27-29
Key Thought- Don't allow your life in Christ to begin with faith and end in fear. If you don't go after what you want, you won't get it; If you never ask, the answer is always no; if you don't move forward, you remain in same place!
  
2. Keep Your Eyes On JESUS.
"But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink. He shouted, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. Jesus said, "Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?" After they got into the boat, the wind became calm.33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, "Truly you are the Son of God!" Matthew 14:30-33
Key Thought- The focus of your life will be the future of your life. Focus your thoughts/eyes on the mountain mover, not the mountain.

3. Keep Standing On GOD's PROMISES.
"For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God." 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)
“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)
Key thought- Faith doesn’t always instantly deliver you, but it always carries you through. Keep walking on the words of Jesus!

Closing thought
The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed many beautiful buildings, homes, and other magnificent structures. Toward the end of his career, a reporter asked him, “Of your many beautiful designs, which one is your favorite?” Without missing a beat, Frank Lloyd Wright answered, “My next one.” Keep believing and trusting God for the future that He has for you! Why not receive all of God promises for your one and only life! Believe God that your best days are still ahead keep standing on the promises.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 5

The Fifth and final purpose of your life is to fulfill your divine mission. Jesus said: “In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 (MSG) The Bible teaches us that Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost without Him. In 2 Corinthians 5:15, the Apostle Paul said, “Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.” (MSG) The only purpose that you will not fulfill for eternity is this final one. Life is nothing more than a window of time to find God, and then the judgement. We must focus our lives on this important purpose.
The word for this final purpose is Evangelism, meaning, 'to share the good news.' It is, in my opinion, the most ignored purpose in most peoples lives. My life, and our church, will always be focused on this purpose. Lost people matter to God and they should matter to us. Jesus gave us this incredible promise when he said: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me for real rest...and you’ll recover your life...and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matt. 11:28-30 (MSG) That is good news we can share with others!
Have you made that decision? Have you received the good news that Jesus can forgive your sins if you turn to Him? Don't ever forget, “It makes no difference who you are or where you're from—if you want God and are ready to do as He says, the door is open.” Acts 10:35 (MSG) You can turn to Jesus today and receive life!

This prayer below by Rick Warren, is a one that I hope that you'll not only pray, but one that you will live! Live for God's purposes and you'll live a rich and fulfilled life!

A PRAYER OF PURPOSE
Dear God, thank You for creating me and loving me. I want to fulfill the purposes that You created me for. So starting today, I really want to get to know and love and trust You. I want my life to bring You pleasure and I want to become a part of Your family. Help me to grow more like Your Son Jesus, and to use my life to follow and serve You. Thank You for sending Jesus to die for me. In the weeks ahead, help me to understand Your vision and mission for the rest of my life.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 4

The fourth purpose of you life is to serve God by serving others. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:10, “God made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” (NCV) Peter the Apostle said, "“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God's many kinds of blessings.” 1 Peter 4:10 (LB) You need to understand that you were SHAPED for serving God. You are blessed, favored, called & chosen by God for His purpose!
Here's the deal, the Bible tells us that, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others...” 1 Peter 4:10 The shape of your life is made up by your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, passion & experiences. All of these work together to form how you fulfill this important purpose in your life. Psalm 139:13 says, “You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb.” (MSG)
“God made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” Eph. 2:10 (NCV) You are unique. You’re not one in a million. You’re one in almost 7 billion. You are an original! God doesn’t want you attempting to live up to the expectations of other people. God didn’t create you so that you would be what your parents wanted you to be or anyone else for that matter. He created you to be you.
There may be illegitimate parents but there are no illegitimate babies. There are accidental parents but there are no accidental babies. God has always had a divine plan for you, that's why you're breathing & able to read this blog right now. God has called you to become a full-time minister, which means that you're a servant 24/7.
So how do you start living out this important purpose? It's really very easy. Just begin by finding a need & meeting it! Open your heart & God will open your eyes to the many ways that you can serve Him by serving others! For more information about this purpose, (click here) or how you can serve in the life of our church (click here).

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 3

The third purpose of your life is to grow up spiritually. The Bible says in Romans 8:29, "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 … We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him." Romans 8:29 (MSG) You need to understand that you were created to become like Christ.

I want to take a moment to explain this because when you understand it, life will make so much more sense. The bottom line is this – God wants you to grow up spiritually. When you grow up physically, that’s automatic. The reality is that you grew up without even trying. You’re a big boy or a big girl now. But God wants you to grow up spiritually too. You can go through your walk with Christ and stay a spiritual baby. God says I want you to grow up while you’re on earth by growing spiritually. One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to show us what maturity’s like. You wanna know why that is so needed? Because it's the biggest problem in our culture. Childishness & shallow living are an epidemic in our culture. We are a nation of spiritual babies.
What do I mean? Think of what a baby is. I have 5 children so I can speak authoritatively on this topic. Babies are totally self centered, all about the "I" and the "me." They’re impatient. They don’t know how to wait. I’ve got to have it now! Babies are totally focused on their feelings. They don't think long-term. All of us have a tendency to live according to the same pattern. The Bible reminds us, “Some people have such shallow soil of character that when their emotions wear off and difficulty arrives, there’s nothing to show for it.” Mark 4:17 (Mes) If you're going to grow, you must change your thinking. Philippians 2:5 reminds us,“In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.”

Today, right now, it's time to grow in your walk with Christ! Here are some things that you can do to do just that! Click here

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 2

The second purpose of your life is to learn how to love others. You need to understand that you were formed for God's family, this is called Fellowship. In other words, God wanted a family. The Bible says the whole reason you exist is God wanted you to become a part of His family, which makes you unique. And that family that you are adopted into by faith in Jesus is going to last forever. “God has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God's own family.” 1 Pet. 1:3 (LB)
The Bible says this, “God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure.” Eph. 1:5 (NLT) Again, He did it for His own enjoyment. God wanted a family and He wanted you to be a part of it.
Here's the deal, your spiritual family, God’s family, is going to outlast your physical family. Physical families don’t last. We all get old, grow up, move away & die. Bottom line, physical families don’t last. But the spiritual family of God is going to go on and on and on for eternity.
To fulfill the second purpose of your life, you need to be rooted & planted in a local church. We're reminded in 1 Peter 2:17 when Peter told us to, “Love your spiritual family.” (Mes) You can NEVER fulfill your destiny & divine purpose alone. You need God & you need His family, the Church! Get connected! Remember, “We belong to each other and each of us needs all the others.” Rom. 12:5 (NLT)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Momentum- Live Out Your Divine Purpose! Part 1

If you want to receive God's holy momentum in your life, it begins getting right your life right with God through Jesus & by beginning to focus on your future. I want to encourage & challenge you to begin living out your divine purpose this week. Sadly, most people don't realize that God has created them for a specific purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God really does have a plan & purpose for each of our lives. We are not the product of a cosmic accident. The Bible says in Colossians 1:16, “Everything, absolutely everything... got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.” The Bible teaches us in Revelation 4:11, "You God created everything, and it is for Your pleasure that they exist and were created!” That means YOU!
You need to understand that you were planned for God's pleasure. Ephesians 1:4 (MSG) reminds us, “Long before He laid down earth's foundations, God had us in mind, and settled on us as the focus of His love.” God loves you & He desires to grace your life with His holy momentum and presence! When you understand those things, you will understand why the first purpose of your life is WORSHIP. Jesus taught us the most important commandment in the Bible, He said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...”. Matt. 22:37-38 (NIV) In other words, God loves you and your reasonable response would be to love Him back.
How can we worship God & fulfill that purpose of our lives? We begin by making the choice to, “...offer (y)our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is (y)our spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1 NIV The first purpose of life is to know & love God by honoring Him in every area of our lives. Everything that we do, we should do it with a heart to please & honor God. Think about how you can love & honor God in the key areas of your life this week! -Physical -Financial -Emotional -Relational -Spiritual

Monday, May 2, 2011

Manic Monday Video- Momentum, Part 2

MOMENTUM: How To Move Forward, Part 2

Steps Toward A Momentum-Filled Life!

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FOCUS -- FORGET (forgive) -- LOOK FORWARD
 “... but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Phillippians 3:12-14 (NLT) see also *1 Peter 2:9

1. Let Go Of The PAST.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they (meaning YOU!) may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 *see also 1 John 3:8
“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).

2. Start Living Out Your Divine PURPOSE.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Everything, absolutely everything... got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.” Col. 1:16 (Mes)

-To learn more about the 5 purposes that you were created as found in these 2 scriptures (Matthew 22:37-40) & (Matthew 28:19-20), click here!

1. WORSHIP- You were planned for God’s Pleasure.
“You God created everything, and it is for Your pleasure that they exist and were created!” Rev. 4:11b (NLT)
“...offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1 NIV *see also 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Romans 12:2, Psalm 16:8-9

2. FELLOWSHIP- You were formed for God’s family
“I am writing these things to you... (so) you will know how to live in the family of God. That family is the church of the living God...” 1 Timothy 3:14-15 (NCV)
“God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure.” Eph. 1:5 (NLT)
*see also Romans 12:9-16, Titus 3:2, Ecclesiastes 4:10, Heb. 10:24, Acts 2:46, 1 Cor. 1:10, James 4:6

3. DISCIPLESHIP- You were created to become like Christ.
“From the very beginning God decided that those who came to Him--and all along He knew who would--should become like His Son." Rom. 8:29 (LB)
“We look at the Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created.” Col 1:15 (Mes)
“In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.” Phil. 2:5 (NCV)
*see also Genesis 1:26

4. MINISTRY- You were SHAPED (Spiritual Gifts Heart Abilities Personality Experiences) for serving God.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others...” 1 Peter 4:10
“You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb.” Ps. 139:13 (Mes)
“God made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” Eph. 2:10 (NCV)
“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God's many kinds of blessings.” 1 Peter 4:10 (LB)
*see also 1 Cor. 10:24, Gal. 6:2, 2 Cor. 1:4, Proverbs 3:27-28, Gal. 6:10

*EVANGELISM- You were made for a Mission.
“(Jesus) In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 MSG
“The Lord is... not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV *see also Hebrews 7:25, Luke 14:23, 2 Peter 3:9, Colossians 4:5