Monday, September 23, 2013

My Back Story- Part 3- How To Fulfill God's Assignment For Your Life

My Back Story-  Part 3-  How To Fulfill God’s Assignment For Your Life

Theme Verse- “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, 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.”  Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

What Is Your Assignment?  Your Assignment Is The Unique Calling That God Has For Your Life.  Your Assignment Is The Problem God Has Designed You To Solve For Others.  

Four Things You Must Do To Fulfill God’s Assignment For Your Life

1.  Listen To God’s Voice.  
“Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.” Acts 9:10-11 (NKJV)

“So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’”  1 Samuel 3:9 (NIV)

Key Thought-  The Voice That You Listen To Will Determine The Future That You Create.

2.  Choose Obedience Over Understanding
“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel... 17 And Ananias went his way ... .” Acts 9:16-17 (NKJV)

God doesn’t owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience can’t. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. In fact, you will never understand some commands until you obey them first. Obedience unlocks understanding. @RickWarren

"... (God) your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."  Matthew 6:10 NIV

3.  Do What Is Possible So That God Can Do What Is Impossible
“And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.”  Acts 9:17-18 (NKJV)

Key Thought-  God’s Instruction may be illogical but it will always be possible. God will never ask you to do what you cannot, but He will always ask you to do what you can.

4. Trust God With the Results.  
“Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. 20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. 21 Then all who heard were amazed, and ... Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.”  Acts 9:19-22 (NKJV) *see also Psalm 127:1, Hebrews 11:6

"Now when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep... .” Acts 13:36 (NASB)

My Back Story, Part 2 - The Power Of A God Encounter

My Back Story-  Part 2-  The Power Of A God Encounter

Theme Verse- “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, 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.”  Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

Encounter-  means to collide with the unexpected.

1.   A God Encounter Positions You To Have A Revelation Of Who He Is.
“And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”  Acts 9:5 (NKJV)
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  Matthew 16:16 (NASB)
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6  *see also Matthew 7:7, Psalm 46:1, Romans 10:13 

2.   A God Encounter Empowers You To Move Past Your Rebellion Into Obedience.  
“So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do... 8 Then Saul arose from the ground... .”  Acts 9:6,8 (NKJV)
“And without faith it is impossible to please God... he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6

“We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. 2 Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect...”  Hebrews 12:1-2 (NCV)
  • God Says To Move Past HEDONISM- Lust Of The Flesh 
  • God Says To Move Past MATERIALISM- Lust Of The Eyes 
  • God Says To Move Past INDIVIDUALISM- Pride of Life 
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 NKJV  (*see Luke 4:1-13)

3.  A God Encounter Equips You To Live The Life That He Has Called You To!
"And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.”  Acts 9:17 (NKJV)

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (NIV) Psalm 34:8 *see also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Luke 17:32-33,  Jeremiah 29:11

The devil’s temptation cannot succeed against you when you are conscious of God's love for you. @JosephPrince

My Back Story- Week 1- How To Break Your Confidence Crisis

My Back Story-  Part 1
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”  Hebrews 10:35
Confidence maintained in your mind, produces rich rewards in your life. @KevinGerald

Key Thought- Life Is Better When Confidence Is Bigger

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”  Hebrews 11:1-2 (NLT)

Faith is an action, based on a belief, supported by confidence 
Confidence is trust, certainty & boldness in a person or thing. 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?  When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.  Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” Psalm 27:1-3 (NIV)

When You Are In A Confidence Crisis, You Will Feel:
  • Inadequate  --  Inferior  --  Insecure
  • eg. Moses (Exodus 3:11-14)
When You Are In A Confidence Crisis, You Will Only See:
  • Lack  --  Negativity  --  Impossibility
  • eg. Moses (Exodus 14:1-12)
3 Thoughts That Will Help You Break Your Confidence Crisis

1.  When You Know God Better, Your Confidence Will Be Bigger.
“God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 (NIV)

2.  When You Know God’s Promises, Your Confidence Will Grow Stronger
“And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:12 (NIV)

“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)

“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, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

3.  When You Choose A Confident Heart, Your Life Will Be Better
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea...The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground... .”  Exodus 14:15-16; 21-22 (NIV)

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.”  1 John 3:21-22 (NIV)

“[ A song. A psalm of David. ] My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!”  Psalm 108:1 (NLT)  *see also Philippians 4:13, Psalm 112:7-8, Hebrews 4:16