Wednesday, October 26, 2011

10 for 10 Challenge, Pt. 4



10 for 10 OCT. 26th 2011 from Freedom Life Christian Center on Vimeo.


The book of Genesis reminds us that God created the world 1 day at a time.  Each day was unique and each day was a masterpiece.  In the same way, your future is created 1 day at a time.  Today is the seed for tomorrow.  The Bible reminds us that, "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)  Even though our future is bright and our destiny is secure, it is easy to get stuck in life.  Often times our plans can go awry and our dreams seemingly come to a stand still.  We stop creating what God desires for our lives.  What do you do when you lose energy & focus for the future?  What do you do when the life plan you've been working on is written and ready but life seems no different?

3 Thoughts About Keeping Momentum Toward Your Destiny:

1.  Don't drag the past into the present.  The Bible tells us, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18-19  It's too late for yesterday.  Don't allow the past to dictate the present and the future.

2.  Don't allow the future to frustrate the present.  Bring your life into focus today.  The Bible reminds us to, "...seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  Matthew 6:33  Everything starts and ends with God.  Pray and focus on today!  You can't depend on tomorrow but you can overestimate it.  Today is all that you have!

3.  Make today your masterpiece.  Decide what the dominant goal is for today and determine to achieve it.  Little successes lead to bigger successes.  Every small victory will help you gain momentum toward your destiny.  You can't accomplish your dream today, but you can take a step towards it.


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! Take a step into that future by making TODAY a masterpiece.  Why not start right now by answering the question, "What Is Your Goal (focus for achievement) for TODAY?"


Click here for a resource that will help you learn more about designing your daily schedule for success.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Decade Of Destiny- Week 4, The Big Thing & The One Thing

You can listen to this message right now by clicking here

Everyone Ends Up Somewhere, Few People End Up Somewhere On Purpose!  

"The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?”  With a prayer to the God of heaven, 5 I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” 6 The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, “How long will you be gone? When will you return?” After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request."  Nehemiah 2:4-6

Nehemiah stepped into his destiny by confessing his sin, confessing God’s promises & declaring his dream. His dream got traction though the moment that he set a goal.  Planning & setting goals are not only practically useful, they are spiritually powerful!  Here are a few thoughts about goal setting that I recently adapted from Rick Warren this past weekend.  

KEY THOUGHT-  Goals are dreams with deadlines.  

WHY DO I NEED TO SET PERSONAL GOALS?

1.   Goal setting is a spiritual discipline. 
“God plans to bring all of history to its goal in Christ.  Then Christ will be the head of everything in heaven and on earth!”  Eph.1:10 (GW)
2.  Goals focus my energy.
“I do not run without a goal.  I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air.”  1 Cor. 9:26 (NCV) *see also Eph. 5:16 (NLT)
3.Goals stretch my faith. 
“According to your faith will it be done to you.”  Matt. 9:29 (NIV) *see also Rom.14:23 (NIV)
4.  Goals build my character.
Paul: “I do not claim that I’ve already succeeded or have already become perfect.  I keep striving toward the goal for which Christ Jesus has won me to himself.”  Phil. 3:12 (TEV) *see also Eph. 4:13 (CEV)
5.  Goals give me hope.
Job: “I do not have the strength to endure.  I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on.”  Job 6:11 (NLT) *see also Jer. 29:11 (NIV)

HOW SHOULD I SET PERSONAL GOALS?  
"All this I have in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me, and He gave me understanding in all the details of the plan."  1 Chronicles 28:19
1.  Goals should be specific, attainable & written.   Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
2.  Goals should be for God’s glory.  1 Cor. 10:31 (NIV)
3.  Goals should be made by God’s power. Prov. 16:9 (MSG)  *see also Zech. 4:6, Prov. 3:5-6
4.  Goals should be motivated by God's love. 1 Cor. 16:14 (NLT)

CLOSING THOUGHT-  Ask yourself, "What's the big things that I'm believing for & what's 1 thing that I can do about it TODAY?"  
Set your faith goals one small step at a time!  In one of my favorite movies, What About Bob?, there is a key phrase that Bob's phsychiatrist tells him over & over again: "Bob, take baby steps."  Keep taking"baby steps" today into the destiny that God has for your life! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

10 for 10 Challenge, Pt. 3


Everyone Ends Up Somewhere, Few People End Up Somewhere On Purpose!   Thanks for continuing to take part in the 10 for 10 challenge.  If you’ll keep giving me 10 minutes a week for the next few weeks, I will help you plan the next 10 years of your life!
During week 1, I asked you to begin to write your future dreams for the 5 most important areas of your life:  1.  Spiritual Life.  2.  Relational Life.  3. Physical Life.  4. Work Life.  5. Financial Life. 
During week 2, I challenged you to think through the following 3 questions: 1.  What Are Your Values?  2.  What Are You Good At?  3.  What Are Your Life Experiences?  The answers to these 3 questions will help you prioritize & plan for your future.   If you haven't yet done that, why not go back right now & get started!

Before you can ever accomplish anything meaningful in life, you have to see what God sees so you can see what God can do in your life.  The sooner you look at your life with faith, the sooner you can step into your destiny.  Setting goals is a part of spiritual discipline. It's not just a good idea; the Bible says you need to set goals in order to grow in your faith. Goals stretch you and help you become all God wants you to be.  If you set tiny goals, God will work in tiny ways.  But if you set big audacious goals, God will working in big ways! Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” (NLT)
In 1 Chronicles 28:19, when King David was seeking God’s will for the temple, he says, “All this I have in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me, and He gave me understanding in all the details of the plan."  God desires to give you understanding as you consider & plan for your future.  
 The Apostle Paul said, "I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air." (1 Corinthians 9:26 NCV)  Setting goals is Biblical, spiritual & practical!  This week I want to encourage you to begin writing some of your short & long-term goals for the next 10 years.  Ask yourself, "What's the big things that I'm believing for & what's 1 thing that I can do about it TODAY?" 
When writing out your goals, Rick Warren suggest making F.A.I.T.H goals: Focused (specific), Attainable (realistic), Individual (4you), Trackable (measurable), Heart-felt (motivating) 
Remember this when you consider your goals this week, “... those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.  All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”  Proverbs 14:22b-23  Set your faith goals one small step at a time!  In one of my favorite movies, What About Bob?, there is a key phrase that Bob's phsychiatrist tells him over & over again: "Bob, take baby steps."  Keep taking "baby steps" today into the destiny that God has for your life!  Take 5 minutes of focused thinking & begin to write your short & long-term goals today!




Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Decade Of Destiny, Week 2- Declare Your Dreams


This week we talked about declaring our dreams.  You may be wondering about how you know if you have the right dreams for your life.  It's actually much easier than you realize.  You discover your God-given dreams by beginning a relationship with God. As God’s child, you will know His voice & the dream that He has for you. Nehemiah is an incredible story of a man who decided to make a difference. (read chapters 1 & 2 of Nehemiah) The city walls of Jerusalem, his homeland, were in ruins for many years & God's people were scattered & disgraced.  When Nehemiah heard about this tragedy, he prayed to God & determined in his heart to do something about it.  He approached the King with his request to rebuild the walls & the moment that he began to talk about his dream was the moment that it began to happen.  


Declaring the dreams that God has placed in your heart is vital to seeing them become reality.  You are becoming what you say.  Your words are powerful because they are declarations of what’s already in your heart.  The Bible says in Proverbs 18:21, "Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose."  Remember that God said, "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Therefore choose life." (Deuteronomy 30:19) You choose life by choosing the words you speak. What you say out of your mouth is going to determine whether you have life or death. Your words determine whether you are going to have blessings or curses.  Please know this, before anyone or anything could put a curse on you, God had already put a blessing on you.  Choose to declare that every good thing God has put in you will come to pass.  Every gift, talent, dream & desire.  You will fulfill your purpose. You will overcome every obstacle.  Strongholds are being broken today & negative things in your past will no longer hold you back. 


Still fearful about declaring your future dreams?  Remember that God has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny through His Word.  "Every Scripture is God-breathed…so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (AMP)  Why not declare right now that you talented, equipped & able.  The Scripture tells us that as believers in Jesus Christ, we are anointed & equipped for every good work.


Speak life over your future today & declare the dreams that God has placed in your heart!  Declare right now!


1.  The favor of God surrounds my life.  (Psalm 5:12, Proverb 11:27 & 12:2)
2.  The blessings of God are chasing me down & overtaking my life. (Deut.28:1-2, Luke 6:38)
3.  I will prosper & be successful in everything that I do.  (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:3, Psalm 35:27, 3 John 2)
4.  My heavenly Father gives me power to get wealth. (Deut. 8:18, Proverbs 8:17-21, 2 Corinthians 8:9)
5.  God is supplying all of my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.  (Phil. 4:19, Prov. 4:19, Matt. 6:8, 33)
6.  I no longer live under the curse of sin, sickness & poverty.  The windows of Heaven are open to me, & God rebukes the devourer for my sake. (Gal. 3:13-14, Isaiah 53:5, Malachi 3:8-12, 1 Peter 2:24)
7.  The Lord has commanded me to be blessed; so, I am blessed & cannot be cursed.  I am the head & not the tail.  I am above & not beneath.   (Deut. 28:3-14, Proverbs 10:6)


What you believe has a much greater impact on your life than what anybody else believes. Make the decision to declare the dreams that God has placed in your heart!  Believe on God's Word today in faith!  
Why not make this your prayer today!  “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”  1 Chronicles 4:10


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

10 for 10 Challenge, Pt. 2


10 for 10 OCT. 12th 2011 from Freedom Life Christian Center on Vimeo.


Everyone Ends Up Somewhere, Few People End Up Somewhere On Purpose!
Thanks for continuing to take part in the 10 for 10 challenge.  If you’ll keep giving me 10 minutes a week for the next few weeks, I will help you plan the next 10 years of your life!
During week 1, I asked you to begin to write your future dreams for the 5 most important areas of your life:  1.  Spiritual Life.  2.  Relational Life.  3. Physical Life.  4. Work Life.  5. Financial Life.  If you haven't yet done that, why not go back right now & get started!
There was a study done by a group of sociologists a few years ago where they asked a group of 90+ year old people, "If you had it to do all over again, what would you do differently?"  They responded overwhelmingly by saying, "We would risk more!"  Life is too short to play it safe.  You'll live approximately 25,550 days.  I'm asking you to consider, TODAY, how you will live the next 3,650 days (10 years)!
The Bible tells us to, “Write the vision (revelation, dream) and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who  reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)  Planning is hard work but it is the price of admission for a purposeful future.
A number of years ago, you may recall, there was a movie series that came out entitled, "Back To The Future."  The underlying theme of these movies was to demonstrate how 1 small act in the past could dramatically affect the present.  In the same way, you need to understand that 1 small act in the present can set the course for your future.  Let's take a moment & go back to the future by responding to the following questions:
1.  What Are Your Values?   You've heard it said, "If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything."  Our core values are what we stand for in life.  Your values set your priorities & plan your future.  You can discover your values by asking yourself:  What inspires or angers you in life?  What do you love? What is really important to you?
2.  What Are You Good At?  What are the talents & gifts that you have?  What do you do exceptionally well?  You are gifted & equipped to do everything that God has called you to do!
3.  What Are Your Life Experiences?  Everything that you have experienced in life, pain or pleasure, is what makes you who you are.  Take a moment & write down those memorable experiences that you've had in your life. The experiences that God has given you will position you for future promotion that can help you fulfill His purpose for you life.  Remember, God never wastes a hurt & He never wastes a pain. He will use your past for your future good & the good of others if you allow Him. (Romans 8:28)
Here's the challenge.  Step 2 of developing a plan for your future is this, REMEMBER!  Take 5 minutes of focused thinking to begin the process of writing your past & present so that you can prepare for your future.  Answer each question to the best of your ability.  Don't worry if everything looks perfect, just begin! Proverbs 14:22-23 says, “...But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.  All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”  Go ahead & do the hard work & you'll take 1 small step into your future!




Thursday, October 6, 2011

10 for 10 Challenge, Pt. 1



10 for 10 OCT. 5th 2011 from Freedom Life Christian Center on Vimeo.


Everyone Ends Up Somewhere, Few People End Up Somewhere On Purpose!
Thanks for taking part in my 10 for 10 challenge.  If you’ll give me 10 minutes for the next 6 weeks, I will help you get started in planning the next 10 years of your life!  
There’s a ancient hebrew word known as, “Chawzon,” which means a dream, revelation, or vision.  God desires that you would live out the “Chawzon,” that He has for your life! The Bible teaches us about what God desire's for your life in Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “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.”  If you will begin to believe right now that God has good plans for you, it will revolutionize how you think about your future.
I want to challenge you to begin to visualize & get a revelation in regard to the future that God has for you.  If 10 years from now your life is going to be any different, it will be the direct result of the change in your thinking today.  Albert Einstein once said, "Your imagination is a preview of life's coming attractions."  The Bible says it like this in Proverbs 23:7 (AMP), “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Think big in regards to your future.  Take the limits off and whatever you do, "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)
Here's the challenge.  Step 1 of developing a plan for your future is this, THINK!  Take 5 minutes of focused thinking to begin the process of writing your future dreams for the 5 key arenas of your life.  Write 1 or 2 sentences that describe where you envision your life being over the next 10 years.  Remember to write down dreams & make plans that are not about God fulfilling your purpose but are about you fulfilling God's purposes.  Don't worry if your plans or dreams are perfect.  They will change over time.  The most important thing is that you begin the process of writing down your future TODAY!  “Write the vision (revelation, dream) and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who  reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)“
THE 5 KEY AREAS OF LIFE
GOD-
HEALTH-
WORK-
FINANCES-
PEOPLE- (give each one their own mission statement) Spouse, Children, Parents, Colleagues, Friends)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Decade Of Destiny, Week 1- What You See Is What You Get

Chazown (pronounced Khaw-ZONE)-  from the Hebrew, meaning a dream, revelation, or vision.  Are you living your own Chawzon?

"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 (NIV)
“Where there is no vision (revelation), the people are unrestrained (run wild), But happy (joyful) is he who keeps the law.”  Proverbs 29:18 (NASB)

Key Thought-  Your Current Decisions Will Determine Your Future Destiny  (Read NUMBERS 13-14)

“Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the new land: ‘Go northward through the Negev into the hill country and SEE what the land is like and FIND OUT whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls or are they unprotected? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Enter the land boldly, and bring back samples of the crops YOU SEE.’”  Numbers 13:17-26 (NLT) 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR FUTURE WITH EYES OF FEAR?
1.   I Get STRESSED OUT.  (vs. 27-28)
2.   I Develop A SCARCITY MENTALITY.  (vs. 29)  
3.   I Live Up To My Own EXPECTATION.  (vs. 31)
4.   I Become NEGATIVE.  (vs. 32)
5.   I See Myself As INADEQUATE.  (vs. 32-33)  
6.   I Become MISERABLE.  (Num.14:1-2)

HOW DO YOU LOOK AT YOUR FUTURE WITH EYES OF FAITH?
1.  Choose Faith over FEAR.  ( Num. 13:30 & John 11:40)
2.  Choose To Invite Jesus Into EVERY Area Of Your Life.  (John 3:3)
3.  Choose To Do WHATEVER God Tells You To Do.  Num. 14:6-9 (CEV)

YOUR DECADE OF DESTINY BEGINS THIS WEEK!  IT'S TIME TO WRITE A NEW FUTURE!
“Write the vision (revelation, dream) and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who  reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
"One of the main reasons people lose their dreams is because they fail to write them down, and one of the main reasons people fail to achieve their dreams is because they fail to visualize them."  
-Dr. Dave Martin  (12 Traits of the Greats)
Visit my this Wednesday at www.sammasteller.com for instructions & a blog message series about how to write a new future!