June 29, 2011 Comments Off on Lights/Sounds
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. -1 Cor 10:13
Sometimes in life, we let all the lights and sounds distract us from our goals. For some of us, it might not be literal lights and sounds. It might be the idea of being the CEO of your company or living in a huge house with a big family. Point being, what does any of that have to do with furthering our faith?
Sure, the sound of president of xyz corporation or fantasizing about having someone tell you “wow, you look so good” might be great, but so what? It sounds great, but doesn’t make you any happier or a stronger christian.
Behind our greatest outfits, attractive bodies, huge bank statements, fast cars, big houses, designer bags, and oakley sunglasses is a hurting, lonely person. Behind everything in their life that you wish you had is someone who is so far from God and the farthest from happiness. Can money buy happiness? For a season, but in the end it leaves you even worse than you were before.
So, what does matter?
The fact that you embrace the love you are given every single day, the way you love on the person that paid the ultimate price for you to escape eternal suffering, what kind of witness you reflect to each and every person everyday, the words you use to build others up.
Who cares if you aren’t on a magazine cover or eating $100 meals, it isn’t going to serve you any good in eternity anyways. You don’t need a perfect body, large bank account, or certain color of skin to be empowered by God to change the entire world in which you live in. You have a voice, you have the ability to effect every person that you see today for the kingdom of heaven.
Don’t get caught up in chasing after all the lights and sounds of this world because once you finally catch up to them you will realize it is a dead end- emptiness and sadness.
Chase something that will give you more than happiness than any dollar amount could buy you…The satisfaction that God is looking down at you smiling saying “Well done, my good and faithful servant”
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin…” -Matthew 6:24-34
May 2, 2011 Comments Off on You + The World = ?
You as a human being have the potential to be either be of 2 things: a world changer or world changed. The decision is yours, so You + The World =???
We constantly envy people that have impact on our lives, trust the ones that are ahead of us, and look to the people on camera to dictate our mood for the day. We look at news reports to tell us what’s going on in the world, to inform us where we should spend our money, or what’s wrong with society. Well, I will tell you a reoccurring theme that sums up every broadcast and nightly special, something that will never change: the world is engulfed in sin and needs Christ. There you go, you don’t need to ever turn on the TV for the rest of your life because that sentence will encompass every single news report.
You have 1 chance on Earth, whether it be for 14 years, 25 years, 50 years, or 101– you have one shot to change this world. However, are you going to be a world changer and show the world what it needs? Or are you going to let the world dictate your views, your fears, your respect, and your attention and be changed? It’s plain and simple, each and every person reading this blog has the power to be a world changer. YES, YOU have the power to be a world changer, to make a lasting effect that will go down in the history books. Why? You have Jesus inside of you. Jesus was a world changer, Jesus conquered death, Jesus performed miracles, Jesus changed the entire world whether or not they all realize it. You have the power of Jesus inside of you as a Christian; therefore, you have the power to be a world changer.
Stop letting the voice of the enemy inside of you tell you you’re not good enough, that you don’t have the educational, spiritual, or physique to be the thing God has given you the vision you to be. Stop asking for others approvals about what they think about your vision. Stop questioning whether or not you have the time or money to do such a thing. Stop saying that people would judge you. Stop telling yourself you’re not good enough at public speaking or writing to put yourself out there. You will never need the permission or go ahead from anyone but God to go out and do something to further the kingdom. If it’s a God given vision/calling, He will align the people in your life to pay for it, to arrange it, to make it happen. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” -2 Timothy 1:7
Be assured that God give you power to be the person you need to be, to strengthen the areas that you’re not good at. Depend on Him, let him build you into a better public speaker, let Him bring the finances together, let Him give you the people you need to encourage you, let Him bring that special someone into your life. You can try all you want, but you cannot get around destiny. Your destiny is to be a world changer for the kingdom, God wants to turn you from a nobody into a somebody, all you have to do is let him. Stop fighting it, get on your knees and let him take control. He will never fail you and will arm you will nothing more and nothing less than you need. He will meet your every need to change this world! Don’t be changed by the world, be a world changer!
“And Jesus said unto them … , “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to younder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.”
“Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed”
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”