Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Join Our 30 Day Fast From Negative Thinking This Weekend!


Isn’t it time to move forward into the life that God has for you?  This weekend we begin a 30 day challenge that will forever change your mind and your life!  You will never have a positive life with a negative mind. Negative thoughts disrupt God’s plan, and will steal your joy, peace and contentment in life.  Over the next 30 days you will learn how to overcome negative thinking so that you can experience God’s goodness in every area of your life!  Here’s how you can be a part of this life-changing experience.

1.  Be a part of our church each week!  Join us live (Christiana or Coatesville) or online (www.freedomlife.tv) during this series for Bible based messages that will help you keep moving forward in your faith!

2.  We're encouraging each person to wear a rubber band on their wrist.  Why? Well, the rubber band will serve as a visible and physical reminder for you to learn to patrol & control your thoughts.  Pausing and considering the implications of negative and toxic thinking will forever change your life.

3.  We're encouraging each person to follow along with our reading program for the next month.  Together we will read a devotional called, "30 Thoughts For Victorious Living," by Joel Osteen.  We will be giving away this booklet at our weekend experiences as well as posting the daily thought on our facebook/twitter.  We will also be focusing on reading 2 books of Bible over the next 30 days: Ephesians and Philippians. (consider using the online Bible app youversion.com) This will empower you to change your pattern of thinking.  The old way of thinking must be replaced with a new focus.  

4.  A 30 Day Small group will provide an opportunity for you to study deeper as well as develop better relationships within the church family.  You can host a small group together with your friends, or enemies ;-), all you need is a DVD player.  To find out more about hosting or being a part of a small group, email info@freedomlife.tv!

For more information about how to get connected to the life of our church, visit our website at www.freedomlife.tv!

MOVING FORWARD —>>> 30 Day Fast From Negative Thinking


This past weekend I adapted a message from Pastor Rick Warren for the launch of our new series called, Moving Forward!  Below are 5 things that are true about your life whenever you make the decision to follow Jesus.  When you confess Jesus as Lord of your life, you move from being God's creation to God's child and all things become new.  Consider these thoughts and scriptures below...

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10

Part 1-  YOUR NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST

1.  YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD.
“He chose us in him before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in his sight by his love.”  Eph. 1:4
“You have been CHOSEN by God himself!”  1 Pet. 2:9 (LB)

2.  YOU HAVE INCREDIBLE VALUE.
“You are a HOLY nation, a people BELONGING to God!” 1 Peter 2:9
“You are a people holy to the Lord your God… his treasured possession.” Deut. 7:6 (NIV)
“God says, ‘You are precious to me.’”  Isa. 43:4 (TEV)

3.  YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD.
“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God.” 1 Peter 2:10
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)
“God’s love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts forever.”  Psalm 100:5 (TEV)

4.  YOU ARE COMPLETELY FORGIVEN. 
“At one time you did not know God’s mercy, but now you have received his mercy.” 1 Peter 2:10 (TEV)
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Rom. 8:1
“I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you.” Isa. 43:25 (TEV)

5.  YOU ARE FULLY EQUIPPED. 
“You are royal priests … chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NCV)
“The capacity we have comes from God; it is he who made us capable of serving the new covenant…” 2 Cor. 3:5-6 (TEV)
“I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13

Monday, October 1, 2012

4 Declarations To Jumpstart Your Week


God is given many different names in the Bible.  For example, he is called our Redeemer, a Rebuilder, a strong tower, our healer, a shield and many more.  One I think that often gets overlooked is God as Restorer.  From Genesis to Revelation, God is all about restoration.  Restoration means the following:

Restoration-  re·stored, re·stor·ing, re·stores
1. To bring back into existence or use; reestablish: restore law and order.
2. To bring back to an original condition: restore a building. 
3. To put (someone) back in a former position
4. To make restitution of; give back: restore the stolen funds.

Key Question-  Do you believe that God desires to restore every area of your life?  

What you believe about God will always determine what you believe Him for.  If you believe that He is a restorer, you will believe that he can restore your life.  Faith is the key to receiving anything from God.  Hebrews 11:1 reminds us,"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." (see also Romans 4:18, Psalm 119:81)
Why not determine right now to have a “restoration” mentality.  Now is the time to release your faith.  Here are 4 thoughts that you can declare over your life today!

#1  God Is Restoring My Soul

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul...”.  Psalm 23:1-3

Encourage yourself. Don’t settle in the valley of darkness. That is not your destination. Keep moving forward.  The Bible reminds us to speak to our soul and to make a declaration of hope! (Ps. 42:5-6, 11; 43:5).  Regardless of how you feel, why not go ahead say, "God is restoring my soul!"

#2  God Is Restoring My Wasted Years

“Then I will make up to you for the years that the... locust have eaten...”.  Joel 2:25 (NLT)  God is able to restore even wasted years.  Though you may feel down, with God, you're never out! Proverbs 24:16 reminds us that, “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again...”. (NLT)  God can make the latter greater than the former.  Instead of focusing on what you have been through, begin to focus on what God is bringing to you.

#3  God Is Restoring Double For My Trouble

“Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.”  Zechariah 9:12  I am sure that you have heard the expression, “When life throws lemons at you, make lemonade!” Today, rest in the understanding that when the devil throws lemons at you, God Himself will make lemonade!  The Bible says that God works all things together for your good. (Romans 8:28) Believe that God can restore double to you, so that you end up having more than before, if not in quantity, then in quality! Remember Job in the Old Testament. When he lost everything, his wife told him to simply curse God and die. Instead, he responded to God in faith, and “the Lord gave to Job twice as much as he had before." (Job 42:10)

#4  God Is Restoring My Dreams.

When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! 2 We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.  And the other nations said,  “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” 3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!  What joy! 4 Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. 5 Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. 6 They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”   Psalm 126:1-6

This powerful Psalm is a reminder that God is a restorer of dreams.  You may find yourself in a season of tears, but today is a new day.  Choose to begin again and prepare for a harvest of joy!

Declare today that God is restoring your soul, your wasted years, your dreams and that He is giving back to you double for everything that the enemy stolen from you!  GOD IS A RESTORER!