June 13, 2011 Comments Off on Who Am I?
I think the problem with us today is that we focus on our weaknesses rather our strengths. We allow the devil an easy way into our life by putting too much concern on our self esteem, our disproportioned body, or something we’re bad at. Moreover, we allow our failures and low points to define who we are, rather than focusing on what we’re good at.
Each and every person, including you, was given a God-given talent and calling on their life for His purpose. We overlook our strengths and think that what we have is easily found in someone else that is ten times better at it than we are. However, that is the greatest lie that will keep you from going down the path has lined up for your life.
Are you good with kids? Have you found that people in high positions value what you say? Can you sing and play guitar at the same time? Do people always seem to tell you all their problems? Are you fascinated with the way the bible was written? Can you easily write a speech in a few minutes and have everyone clapping? Have you been through such terrible trials that people listen to your story easily?
Has God given you a glimpse into His purpose for your life and you’re not even noticing it? We expect God to give us a supernatural sign about what we should do with our life and plan on living life as we know it until a “burning bush” appears on our front porch. Fact is, you’re probably not going to be calling the fire department anytime soon to put out that burning bush in your lawn. God speaks quietly and directly to our heart, you just have to learn to listen and look for the smalls signs, not just the huge ones.
Just because you’re succeeding at something doesn’t mean it’s God’s plan for your life. Living the “american dream” and fantasizing about living a successful life may be the greatest road block for Gods plan for your life. A common misconception is “I am being promoted, making lots of money, and getting everything I ever wanted- this must be what God wants me to do”. Take a step back and evaluate if this is who God wants you to be.
We struggle with our self-worth because we are intimidated by asking God for the impossible in our life. We are afraid to truly ask God what He wants for our life because we are afraid to be called into a life full of self-sacrafice, low income, and a small house. We are afraid that God might ask us to give up everything we value for His kingdom. Your self-worth will never be fulfilled until God knows there’s nothing you won’t give Him.
I truly stepped into the life God had planned for me because I fully believed that I was willing to give up anything and everything to God– and trust me, He tested me. Don’t tell God you’re willing to do something and then not follow through. When God asks you for something, He wants all of it- not just some of it. We like to think that we can continue to have the attractive significant other, drink the things we drink, do the things we do, not take notes in church, and spend our money on us- yet still allow God to show us His calling for our life. God is a very just God and will never allow Himself to be used. Why? He’s way smarter and can see into your heart even when you think you’ve got Him fooled.
You are created in God’s own image, the bible tells you that, and He already has your entire life planned out for you. Stop worrying about what to major in, who to marry, and what job to apply for because it’s all already been worked out. All you have to worry about is discovering God’s calling for your life and everything will fall in to place right in front of you, I promise.
My challenge: What aren’t you willing to give up to God that is keeping you from discovering your purpose? What talents has God gifted you with that you’re overlooking and refusing to use for ministry?
Genesis 1:27-So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
1 Chronicles 22:13-Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
1 Peter 3:14-But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened.” Take Courage
April 22, 2011 Comments Off on Charlie Sheen, Aubie, You, and I…
So, what does Charlie Sheen, Aubie, You, and I all have in common? Well, the answer is short and simple: sin. In light of it being Easter weekend, I decided to take the time and make what I taught at Generation this past Tuesday into a blog post….
Isaiah 53:1-6 “1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”
Many of us are expecting to see the Savior, but we don’t know when we see him because we are expecting a certain appearance. All my life I could tell you all the stories, songs, scriptures= I believed the message, however- there was a disparity between what I believed and the life I was living my teenage life because there was no difference in the way I lived my life than the way my friends lived their life. “He was despised and we esteemed him not” this is a vey common way you say that you believe him, but you do not esteem him. The reality is: If you do not esteem him, you do not truly believe in him. (Esteem: Value, put in rightful place, live for, respect). If you do not esteem the savior, you do not believe the savior- You don’t know him.
A lot of people think they believe in Him because they intellectually accept what happened. A lot of you went to VBS and got cookies and said you need him because one day everybody will see what you do on a big screen and you got so nervous at age 8. Do you treasure him? Does he mean more to you than anything else? If he doesn’t, then you don’t esteem him.
Many of you are face to face with the savior, but you are sleeping through it. You’ve been walking around in a spiritual sleep walk, wondering through your life and you know it’s not right. I don’t want you to sleep through the most meaningful human experience. “They did not know what to say to Him”: so many people are there in your walk with God, you’ve been spiritually sleeping, you’ve never truly started a relationship with God, and He’s screaming at you trying to get your attention. It’s time for you to wake up, you may have a form of religion and knowledge, but you have never embraced the joy of the spirit.Have you ever let God down so many times that you don’t know what to say? You have drifted so far and you want to have the joy of Jesus and nothing is going right in your life with Christ, but you just don’t know what to say?Just trust God, here’s what not to say to him: don’t say, I promise I will do better because no you wont. Jesus died on the cross because he knew you can’t keep your promise.
–Jesus expects infinitely worse from us than we do of ourselves, that’s why he had to go and die for ALL our sins.
-Do you esteem him by living him with your whole heart? Has he changed you? Has he given you a second chance? Has he brought you something? Do you only reach out to him when you’re in trouble or when it’s culturally acceptable? You either accept him or reject him? You either look at Jesus or you hide your face in shame