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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Why Transformation?

Continuing with the thought of being transformed by God, let's take a look at why this is such a crucial part of discipleship.  First, consider the reason one needs to be transformed. We are all sinners saved by grace and born with a spirit that is corruptible.  In order for God to use us for His will we need to be born again, or we need the incorruptible seed, Jesus.  Why is this important? Without God, man cannot and without man, God cannot on Earth.  There is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus.  No Jesus = No transformation.

Secondly, the other reason for transformation is when you are able to be transformed in your heart, God is able to move you to areas where transformation also needs to happen, to change the environment.  The adversity you are experiencing is because YOU are a change agent.  God's spirit in you, disrupts the atmosphere.  The reality is the place you are in, is conducive to change, you just have to be there long enough for the effects to take place.  His presence brings glory, transformational glory.  2 Corinthians 3:18 says, "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." Amen!

Lastly, your transformation is not just about you, your transformation is to help others as well. This is the call of Jesus. This is why you cannot be easily lured out of the environments that shake you up. There is no education like adversity. The devil would love for you to be chased out of a thriving environment, but instead this is how you learn how much you have grown through Christ. This is when you see the mercy and grace. This is when you see the saving power of God.

Let your prayer be that God continues mold you like clay and to use you to bless others with HIS glory.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It's the Seed

Do you remember high school biology or health and wellness education? One thing you should have learned is every human begins as a seed. Let's take a step back. The term sperm is the male reproductive cell and is derived from the Greek word sperma, meaning "seed". Stay with me, these similar types of sperm seeds exist in plants, this is how they reproduce.

Like every seed there needs to be some nurturing and care, otherwise it gets out of hand and grows wildly. Just like as a human being, if your guardian is not there to help grow, develop, and mature you, you can end up with depression, low self esteem, lack of discipline, anger issues, etc.

The same can be said for your spiritual life. Failure to nurture your spiritual life leads you to a faithless faith. 1 John 3:9 says, No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. When the pure and incorruptible seed of God begins to germinate its grace, your new nature cannot be destroyed, or encouraged by sin. Instead, as your life begins to abide by the word of God, that seed becomes a defense mechanism, or antidote and opposes sin.

Continue to grow in Christ. Continue to read, pray, and fast. You need to develop that seed inside you.  If you aren't, you are tying God's hands. This may be your season to turn the TV off and spend time with the Lord.

Grat·i·tude

Paraphrasing 2 Corinthians 4:14-15, Jesus died on the cross and God resurrected him for the sake of His lost children. And as God's grace reaches more and more people, through you, they will become thankful to God, therefore giving Him all the glory.

That word thankfulness or gratitude in Greek is eucharistia (yoo-khar-is-tee'-ah), which means "the giving of thanks for God's grace." This is the same origin of the word, Eucharist, or better known as the "Lord's Supper", "Table of the Lord". This is the moment to pray to God and announce our thankfulness to God for providing the food on our table.

What does this all mean? Well, its that same gratitude, or thankfulness of the heart towards God that you reveal, which leads those to praise Him. In other words, when you truly appreciate what God has done for you, the revelation in your spirit causes you to make your life about Him. This same revelation causes you to appreciate those things that are unseen more than the things that are seen revealing the glory of God. This powerful glory of God attracts people. When those attracted to the glory receive their revelation, there will be an undoubted thankfulness for God's grace.

So continue to praise God in advance. Do not be afraid to reveal what God has done for you.  Don't shy away from saying your grace in public. You cannot keep your blessings to yourself. Nor should you keep your testimonies to yourself. Your breakthrough is quite possibly what someone else needs.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Who Told You?

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” 20 Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.” Nehemiah 2:20 ESV

Growing up we've thought about being dentists, lawyers, athletes, doctors, coaches, etc. Then at some point we get exposed to people that want to mock our ambitions and cheer for our failures. This is a cold world. At some point your lose those ambitions and goals. You start to have a seed of self doubt.

My question to you is ... WHO TOLD YOU? Who told you, you were too short, too tall, not smart enough, too big, too skinny? Who told you this? Who told you, you cannot make, you won't make it? Who told you you were too dark or too white? Who told you, you would be a failure?

The God of heaven, He will prosper us. The God we serve, and under whose protection we are, who will supply us with everything we want, and succeed this undertaking, in whose name we engage in it, and on. The God whom we depend on, will provide in spite of all opposition, difficulties, and discouragements. So do not care what man says to hinder your ambitions.

God for your dreams, but be WILLING to SUBMIT and TRUST in The Lord!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Being Offended

The bible teaches us to turn the other cheek and to forgive 70 x 7. One thing to consider is offenses will happen, however staying offended  becomes a distraction, or blockage. If you are always offended your heart is not right and if your heart is not right God cannot use you to do His will. This is why it is important for Christians to have depth in their understand of who God is and who they are in Christ. If you know what God says concerning you, then you are least likely to be offended. When you know who God says you are, you have the confidence to not be concerned with what people think of you.  Fruitful people are not easily offended because they have made peace with the imperfections.  The people that tend to be offended are the same ones that lack purpose.  They will "overdramatize" an offense to disrupt your focus.

Don't let this be you. If it is, repent to God and find your purpose (your love, the activity that puts a smile on your face.) and get that activity more involved in your life.

#bearsomefruit

Thursday, September 17, 2015

You've come too far

You have come too far to give up on your dreams.  Do not let your past interfere with what God has for you. Decide to pick up whatever dreams you had. Whether to write a book, go back to school, lose weight, read a book of the bible. Starting over doesn't make you a failure. Giving up does. There are some things to come that have not yet appeared to you, because you have not made a move to get that thing going. Like a seed if you never tend to it, it won't grow.  Well same holds true with your dreams, it will wither away without the proper care and attention.  Find your strength in Jesus, get up and make a move forward. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Keep on being filled with the spirit.

"Keep on being filled with the spirit." ( Ephesians 5:18)

If we refuse to do that -or neglect to do that- we are not in danger of being cast away eternally, but we are in danger of being set aside as an instrument God cannot use. -Vernon Grounds, Radical Commitment: Getting Serious About Christian Growth

Being filled with the spirit allows God to produce the Fruits of the Spirit in your life. It is like like Raj Koothrappali from The Big Bang Theory. After many sips he now has courage, well we as Christians should not get drunk with wine but of the spirit.  When you allow this to happen you experience the same boldness and joy as the early church. The courage nd the power. The same fruits needed to be UNASHAMED of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

#BEARSOMEFRUIT
#DISCIPLESHIP

I will never be the same

There is a song writer who wrote:

I will never be the same, Not after being with you
I came here sick, but when I leave I'll be healed, Cause I'm changing
I came here broke, but when I leave I'll be rich, Cause I'm changing


Let this be our confession today family. Make it the cry of your heart to NEVER be the same. Take your situation and turn it around. You can fill in the words, but I got you started. Let the spirit guide you.

I came here lost, but when I leave I'll be found ...
I came here stressed, but when I leave here I'll be refreshed ...
I came here a sinner, but I leave here forgiven ...
I came here worried, but I leave here hopeful ...
I came here damaged, but I leave here restored ...

Do not be satisfied where you are. Receive your potential. You are not what your situations say about you. May you be the fruits of the spirit ... May you be Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control (Gal 5:22-23). May they not just be your fruits, but be you. We have been so conformed to this world we forget to think out side the box. There is a Syracuse University Professor Sam Van Aken, the proud father of a single tree that grows 40 types of fruit. You can be that tree that has all of these fruits of your life. The tree contains 40 varieties of peaches, apricots, cherries, nectarines and European plums that date back to the 17th and 18th century. The tree of life; it's the beginning of a story. May your fruits no longer be lust, anger, depression, sadness, jealousy, disease, or fear. You can have your liberty back and never be bound again. Whom the Son sets Free is Free indeed (John 8:36). Where the Spirit is there's Liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17) Be FREE.

Just like that tree, may you bear good fruits that provide growth in your life. May you never be the same. May you never, NEVER be bound again. May your hope, or image of your situation begin to change. Jesus is Alive and through Christ's power we can change the atmosphere.

All hail the power of Jesus' name.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Let God be God


Many times as Christians we fear change and the unexpected. The main reason is we are not in control.  The #TRUTH is that is the better ball field, at least when you are playing on God's turf.  When we relinquish control to God, He is able to do miraculous wonders. When we decide we want to force life to happen for us it almost all of the time goes poorly. It's similar to my daughter when she wants to prepare her own meal.  Thinking she knows everything she ends up adding water to her eggs instead of milk. The  key to this is submission. When you submit your entire life to God you get out of the way, allowing God to be God.

#DISCIPLESHIP

Who is God to you?

Let the image of who God is for you be what manifests your miracle. It is a blessing God cannot have an image of himself, because it means He gets to be whatever we need Him to be in our situation.  So, if you serve an almighty God trust that He brings victory to yiur situation. If you serve a God limited to the confines of mediocrity, then He cannot move mountains.

But GREAT IS OUR LORD, AND ABUNDANT IN POWER GREAT; HIS UNDERSTANDING IS BEYOND MEASURE.
Psalms 147:5