July 15, 2011 Comments Off on Questioning God
10Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 11 The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” -Exodus 4:10-11
Sometimes in our life, God asks us to do things for the purpose of the kingdom. Sometimes in our life God requires us to do things that we don’t want to do. Sometimes God requires us to do things that we think are stupid and meaningless. And sometimes God asks us to do things that are so far against society, what our friends bef, and what we forsee as doable.
God will never ask you to do something that He isn’t willing to provide you with the means to accomplish. Take it from Moses in the verse I put at the top- He was even in the presence of God on the mountain and yet still doubted. They went on and on for several verses with God promising He would even provide Moses with supernatural abilities to priove that God had told him to go free his people.\
If God is calling you to do something, walk in the confidence that it is part of His plan and He already has it all worked out, the words He wants you to say, and the people wants you to speak to.
I see so many people unwilling to accomplish the task God is giving them because they are defeating themselves by looking at the end result, rather than focusing on just taking one small step.
We will never know how far Peter actually got when he was walking on water, but what we do know is that he had enough faith to trust Jesus just to get out of the boat and it wasn’t until he realized what he was doing was when he fell in. God is only asking you just to get out of the boat today, not to conquer the waves. God wants to conquer them for you, but is interested in seeing if you have enough faith just to get out of the boat and accomplish what He is asking of you.
Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,
May 11, 2011 Comments Off on Leadership 101.
For many of us, being a leader of a large company or nation is intimidating, but have you ever considered you can be a leader to just the people that you work out with or even sit next to in church on sunday? Being a leader is more than just standing up in front of a camera and giving a speech; being a leader is about synthesizing information and enabling others to understand God. We often confuse leadership with leading in a direction, but being a true leader is also about leading people in a mental/spiritual direction as well.
We use the excuse of not acting as a leader because we feel like we don’t have enough or the right people supporting our cause. We think that if we were on the Oprah show or an influential radio station that more people would help us out. We focus on trying to manipulate the people ahead of us in life, rather than empowering the people around us. Moreover, we seek attention from societal leaders that are above us in society, rather than empowering the people God has blessed us with that are around us to accomplish that same goal. Instead of manipulating someone, which has an awful connotation, we can empower the gifts inside people that are around us to accomplish that same goal and let God be glorified.
Each and every person has a special gift and calling in life. As a leader, it is your duty to call that gift out in someone and enable them to use that gift, rather than focusing on herding people in a certain direction and drawing attention to yourself. Sometimes we pray for a miracle in our life, but God instead wants us to be the miracle in someone else’s life first. If you are a good leader, you have the ability to step out of the situation and recognize that your greatest breakthrough may simply breaking the walls down for someone else rather than having the walls removed in your life.
May 10, 2011 Comments Off on Wavelength
When I look at successful points in my life, I often reflect on how I reacted during the phase and right after it, not exactly what I accomplished. For so many of us, God has gifted us with times in our life that are amplified as a long wavelength of success. However, we also have our low points as well, but if we aren’t care we will miss out on something very important:
Rather than seeing that our down points are our only true downpoints, there is a side to the high points that you probably overlook quite often- I know I do. That point is how you embrace and treat others during your time of success. God doesn’t want to use your success to make you feel happy about yourself, but He wants to give you success to ultimately bring Him glory through it all.
For many of us, we feel like we are entitled to living in the lime-light, or having our moments of glory- but we’re not. We feel like we have had such a rough life and it’s finally our turn to bask in the glory of the moment and live like we are dying. However, if you lose your humbleness and sight of God in those moments of glory, you’re wavelength is going to drop really low and you’ll go spiraling back down again.
Think about it like this: All the successful people you know had to go through a major trial or season of difficulty to get where they are now, but you wonder why they just seem to have such a perfect life now. An excellent example of this is many pastors or ministry leaders such as Stephen Furtick and Perry Noble. But understand this, the reason that their wavelength is continually growing is because of the fact that they haven’t lost sight of God in this glory of their ministry. Meaning, when things have gone their way and they have had continual success, they haven’t changed their perception of their life because of the environment around them. Pastor Furtick still prays the same prayer before every sermon he does now that he did three years ago.
Moreover, your greatest opportunities in life also come at your greatest hidden risk. If you’re tired of living a life full of up and down characterisitics, remember that Christ is #1 in your life no matter your environment. Whether you’re living in a 1500sq ft. house or a 15,000sq ft. house treat God the same way and you will see your blessings continual to grow. Be humble in all things and show an appreciation for the God that loves you and wants to give you everything you need, but only if you seek him first at all times.
So, my challenge for you today is this: Are you a different person (attitude, behavior, lifestyle) when you are having success in your life or are you still fearing God and respecting others regardless of your environment? God is a just God and will rip anything you put above Him right out from under you. I promise. He wants you to have these things and be blessed in your life, so that people would look at you because of who you are and you can reflect your wavelength up to Heaven and not your self.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,” -Matthew 6:19
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” -2 peter 3:9
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. …” -John 17:1-26
May 9, 2011 Comments Off on Weighing In
When we step on the scale, we fear that we going to weigh a lot…However, we step on the scale for God, we need to hope to break the scale.
So often times in our life, we like to look to numbers as a representation of how we are doing in life. For example, we step on the scale to see if we are eating too much, too little, or how much muscle we’ve gained. We fear being overweight because our society sees “fat” people as a negative superlative/characteristic of a human being. We carry extra weight with us, our weight builds over the years, and eventually we almost max out the scale and are embarrassed. However...
Have you ever considered being “fat for God”? When we step on Gods scale, He wants us to carry as much weight as possible- He wants our life to have significance. Moreover, God wants our life to carry weight for the glory of His kingdom. God doesn’t want us to be going on a spiritual weight diet or lowering our spiritual calorie intake.
I think so often times, we are guilty of going on a spiritual weight fast. We take God out of our life for a day, a week, a month, or a season in hopes of losing our spiritual weight to be able to do whatever we want. We want to live a little and have some fun without having the responsibility of answering to God or stepping on the spiritual weight scale. We want to live our life however we want without having to be accountable to anything- especially not a scale. We want to indulge ourselves in whatever we can get into and feel the freedom of being alive. But there is many dangers in fasting…
When you fast, your body begins to shut down and your metabolism slows down. When you fast, you feel light headed and weak in strength because your body isn’t getting the necessary fat and calorie intake it needs to function and process. Moreover, your body isn’t fully functioning because not all the organs are engaged because they are not having to break down and process food. Much like a food fast, the effects are the same for a spiritual fast: you begin to shut down your connection with God and feel weak. You aren’t living your life to the fullest and are wasting away the holy spirit and God inside of you because you aren’t feeding yourself the word of God. Slowly and slowly you begin to fall away before you know it- even though you only planned to fast for a week. A week turned into a year and then a lifetime away from God.
So, my challenge for you today is: Are you going to be FAT on God or are you going to live your life hoping just to show up on the spiritual weight scale? Are you going to max the scale out because the weight of your life for God means something?