Friday, November 11, 2011

10 For 10 Challenge, Pt. 6


10 for 10 11-9-11 from Freedom Life Christian Center on Vimeo.



You choose what you will believe about your own potential & your own future.

If you’re going to be a dream-releaser in your life & in the lives of others, you must see yourself as God sees you!  To often we look at our lives through our own eyes or through the eyes of others.  Today, choose to see yourself through God’s eyes!  The Bible tells us Ephesians 1:4, that, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”  

Dr. Dave Martin said in his bestselling book, '12 Traits of the Greats,' “Belief in yourself is a deep-seated awareness that, at least in one area, God has made you to be very unique. It is an understanding that you have what it takes—all the resources, all the talents, all the abilities—to accomplish that which compels you. It is a self-confidence that overcomes all opposition and the doubts of naysayers and pessimists who might infiltrate your life. It is a strong positive attitude and belief in who you are “in Christ.

Be A Dream-Releaser by believing in yourself & believing in others.  Speak to the destiny in your own life & in the lives of others.

Abraham Lincoln is regarded by many Americans as our nation’s greatest president. But how many Americans also know that he persisted through more failures than any other president? Abraham Lincoln had a very difficult childhood and less than one year of formal schooling. Up until the age of 51, he suffered 2 business failures, 7 election defeats in his desire to become an elected official, the loss of the woman he was engaged, a difficult marriage & the loss of 3 of his 4 sons before the age of 18.  But at the age of fifty-one, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States.  Lincoln’s was well acquainted with difficulties & failure which helped him guide the United States through the difficult trials of the Civil War.  Think about it, in the initial stages of that war, the Union suffered defeat after defeat and setback after setback before they finally were victorious under Lincoln’s leadership.

Abraham Lincoln was the essence of a dream releaser!  Joel Osteen writes in his best-selling book, 'Every Day A Friday,' "On that fateful night of his assassination, Abraham Lincoln was carrying several things when he was killed that are on display now at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.  He had a handkerchief with his initials on it.  He had a $5 bill, and he had a newspaper article folded up.  the headline read, “Abraham Lincoln-- One of the Greatest Statesman That’s Ever Lived.  Why would he carry around an article like that?  Lincoln served during difficult times of civil war and upheaval over slavery and other major issues troubling our young country.  He was criticized, ridiculed, and constantly put down.  So even this great man needed reminded now and then that someone appreciated and believed in him."


2 THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO DO TO BE A DREAM RELEASER


1.  BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
If you are going to see the dreams that God has placed on the inside of you ultimately released in your life, you need to believe in yourself.  You must choose to encourage yourself when you face the difficulties of life.  The Bible says in 1 Samuel 30:6, “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Remember all that God has done in your life & keep reading all that God says about you in His Word!

2.  BELIEVE IN OTHERS
You can be the right person, at the right place, at the right time in someone's life.  Sow seeds into others by speaking into their destiny.  Look for opportunities to encourage others & remind them of who they can be in Christ!  The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to, "Encourage one another and build each other up.” (NIV)  Mark Twain once said, “I can live for a whole year off of one good compliment.”  Look for opportunities to be a dream releaser in someone's life this week!

Decade Of Destiny, Week 6- How To Find Your Dream Team


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“If you can dream it, you can do it-- but you can’t do it alone!
"If you want to go fast, go by yourself. If you want to go far, go with others."  African Proverb
"One person standing alone is easily attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three people are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT)
 
Key Thought-  You can’t choose who will touch your life but you can choose who you will hold hands with.  Choose wisely, for it will determine your destiny.  
 
1.  You Need To Be Connected With THE Grace-Filled God.

“Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.”  Nehemiah 2:17-18  
“Every day they continued to meet together...  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)
 
2.  You Need To Be Connected With Grace-Filled People 
 
 “... Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages[a] on the plain of Ono.”  But they were scheming to harm me... Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.”  Nehemiah 6:1-4
“And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own...”.  2 Corinthians 8:1-3
 
2 Key Thoughts-  
  1. People can hold you back or they can hold you up. 
  2. Every incredible opportunity or plan meant to destroy you will come into your life disguised as a relationship.  Evaluate every relationship in your life.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17
“He who walks with the wise grows wise but a companion of fools suffers harm.” — Proverbs 13:20  (see also Proverbs 14:7, 1 Corinthians 15:33, 1 Corinthians 5:11, Matthew 7:6)
 
According to Pastor Kevin Gerald, in his book called, "Forces That Form Your Future," there are five areas where God has put people in your life.  Each of them have an impact on your future whether you realize it or not & play a part in the overall success and/or failure of your dreams (life).  They are your:
 
 Contacts: They network us.
• Friends: They affirm us and are committed to us.
 Partners: These people share a common interest or goal.
• Mentors: They produce change in us.
 Protégées: They learn from us. God sends great people into all of our lives—how we treat them determines whether they can stay.
 
4 Questions That You Should Consider This Week:
1.  Are you connected to God's dream for your life or are you following your own?
2.  Who are the people that are currently influencing your life the most?
3.  Is there a voice speaking into your future that you need to silence?
4.  Do you need to choose some new members to join your dream team?

Friday, November 4, 2011

10 For 10 Challenge, Pt. 5


10 for 10 11-4-11 from Freedom Life Christian Center on Vimeo.



If you can dream it, you can do it, but you can NEVER accomplish your dream alone. The Bible teaches us in Ecclesiastes 4:12, that, "One person standing alone is easily attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three people are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." (NLT)  We were designed to need God & to need others.

You can have a great dream, a great vision & a great strategy & still not accomplish your God-given destiny.  You must understand that if you are going to reach your goals, you will need the help of others.  There's an old African Proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go by yourself. If you want to go far, go with others."  In other words, you need a DREAM TEAM!

Every success story is a joint venture. In Dr. Dave Martin's book, "12 Traits Of The Greats," says that, "Thomas Edison... acquired an astounding 400 patents in a six-year period of time. But what few people know is that “Thomas Edison” was actually a fifteen-man team with a common goal. As one of his team members so aptly put it, “Edison is, in reality, a collective noun.” His work was the result of the efforts of many men.   Those closest to you will determine your success.  God gave us many stories & proverbs in the scriptures to help give us wisdom in choosing our dream team.  (Proverbs 14:7, Proverbs 13:20, 1 Corinthians 15:33, 1 Corinthians 5:11, Proverbs 27:17)

According to Pastor Kevin Gerald, in his book called, "Forces That Form Your Future," there are five areas where God has put people in your life.  Each of them have an impact on your future whether you realize it or not & play a part in the overall success and/or failure of your dreams (life).  They are:

 Contacts: They network us.
• Friends: They affirm us and are committed to us.
 Partners: These people share a common interest or goal.
• Mentors: They produce change in us.
Protégées: They learn from us. God sends great people into all of our lives—how we treat them determines whether they can stay.

Ask yourself these 3 questions today:
1.  Who are the people that are currently influencing my life the most?
2.  Is there a voice speaking into my future that I need to silence?
3.  Do I need to choose some new members to join my dream team?

Decade Of Destiny, Week 5- How To Overcome The #1 Barrier To Your Dream

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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?  Stop & consider Nehemiah 2:20, which says, “... The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall.”  (NLT)  You have the God of heaven & earth on your side, you WILL succeed!  Keep moving!

4 THOUGHTS ABOUT KEEPING MOMENTUM TOWARD YOUR DESTINY


1.  Don't Drag The Past Into The Present.
“...Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!”  Nehemiah 2:17 (NLT)
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing... I am making a way...". 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 Discourage Today.
“Then the people of Judah said, “The work crews are worn out, and there is too much rubble. We can’t continue to rebuild the wall.” Nehemiah 4:10 (GWT)
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!

Key Thought-  Shake it off & step up-- Remember, Fatigue + Frustration + Failure + Fear = Discouragement.  shake it off & keep stepping up in faith!

3.  Keep Fighting For Your Future  
"Then as I looked over the situation...  and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight...”.  Nehemiah 4:14 (NLT)
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,  And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD... Says the LORD.”  Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)
"...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 30:41 (NIV)

4.  Make Today Your Masterpiece.  
“they were plotting to harm me, 3 so I replied... “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come... 9 They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination."  Nehemiah 6:3,9 (NLT)

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.  Remember, you are God's masterpiece & He is at work in your life today!

“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