From Discounted To Empowered

Reading time 6 minutes

The enemy intends for our brokenness to discount us. But I know God, who empowers us out of it. God takes what the enemy meant to kill, steal, and destroy and He brings us into redemption, hope and life that we never thought possible. In time, we can live our lives not only in full but in ongoing overflow.

Don’t let the enemy discount you. Instead let the Father God empower you.

This is my plea. Be set apart. Recognize that you were made for so much more than this. Recognize that you have the power and authority within you to change yourself and in turn change the world. Please, do not diminish the purpose you have in this world to usher in change and hope.  My plea to you is this, don’t let your past discount your future.  Continue reading “From Discounted To Empowered”

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Sin, Consequence, & Redemption

Reading time: 7 minutes

Sin brings consequences. And consequences aren’t evil. Consequences are necessary.

Think about it. When Adam and Eve sinned they were removed from the garden. [Genesis 3] God’s consequence was not an evil or bad response. It was a necessary one. The consequences given to Adam and Eve by God were not from a place of hate but from a place of love. These consequences were the necessary beginning to their redemption.

Consequence is the first step towards redemption. The consequence is purposed to turn us to redemption. To change our way of thinking. To wake up and recognize the raw reality of our sin.

I understand and believe that it is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance. [Romans 2:4] This truth does not make the other null and void. Instead it is proof there of God’s great love for us. His kindness offers a consequence. For it was out of the kindness of His heart that he removed Adam and Eve from the garden. It was for their protection. It was the first step to their redemption. Continue reading “Sin, Consequence, & Redemption”

Worth It – Priceless

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It’s more than worth it.

The worth of glory. Priceless. Do you remember when MasterCard came out with it’s Priceless marketing series? Genius. A company that thrives on money – markets with priceless. Remember their line, “Some things in life are priceless. For everything else there’s MasterCard.”

Their pull is that there are some experiences in life that are worth more than anything else in the world, they are priceless. So since you can’t put a price on these experiences, spend as much money as possible with your MasterCard to make this priceless experience a reality. Continue reading “Worth It – Priceless”

Perspective

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Everyone has one. We all live from our own perspective. Our thoughts, our decisions, our input, our way of life, are all based from our perspective.

It has never ceased to amaze me how you can get so many different opinions from so many different people. The reality is people give input or advice based on their perspective. Each person may have good or bad reason for their perspective, but they have one.

As a people and a culture we seek out the advice and opinions of those around us.   We are saturated with a new culture of social media, where opinions and advice come freely and sometimes even unnecessarily. Most of this is offered from a place of conviction that ones personal perspective is best. Some even go as far to claim their perspective as right and true. Continue reading “Perspective”

My Theme: Failure

Reading time 5 minutes.

Do you ever notice a theme popping up in your life?

My theme has been stumbling, or if we are going to get specific, failing.

My pastor, Jeff Watson, preached this past Sunday at Newsong Church about Straggling, Straddling, Struggling, and Stumbling. The one that stood out to me? Stumbling. Why and how does one stumble? The answer is simple; you have to be moving forward to stumble. You can’t be stagnant or still. The very fact that you stumble is proof that you are working on moving forward.

Forward motion is key in life. But so many times we don’t move forward because we are afraid to stumble and fall, to fail. But here is the thing. Your stumbling, falling, and failing is what is required to learn and grow so that we might become effective. Continue reading “My Theme: Failure”

Sacrificial Surrender

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Before Christ, God’s people had to follow strict rules and regulations to make sacrifices regularly for their sins and request to God. And it is the truth that Jesus, the Lamb of God was the perfect sacrifice. His sacrifice didn’t abolish the law it fulfilled the law. But now Jesus calls us, not to sacrifice in death, but to sacrifice in life.

“Know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him. Be angry and do not sin; on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still. Selah Offer sacrifices in righteousness and trust in the Lord. Many are asking, “Who can show us anything good?” Let the light of your face shine on us, Lord. You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and new wine abound. I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, Lord, make me live in safety.” – Psalms 4:3-8 CSB Continue reading “Sacrificial Surrender”

Get Moving

It’s time to stop settling down in the, “it’s the way it is” and drawing lines for battle and saying, “no, I will not choose to live like this. I will press on towards the goal set before me!”

But it’s hard to do this when you don’t know your goal.

Seek it out. What are you called and purposed to do? Is this it? Or is there a passion and purpose waiting to break free from your heart and become action that creates reality.

You got to start somewhere and you have to start something someday. But nothing will be accomplished tomorrow. No, what will be achieved will be achieved today. Be present and get moving.

There is too much at stake for us to remain in what is supposed to be temporary. It’s time to pick up and pack up camp. This campground is not home and it’s sure not the place where you will live up to everything you are purposed for. Quit selling yourself short and doubting.

Pick up your mat and walk.

Get up and go.

Move it.

Get it done.

Address your current reality and your dissatisfaction with it and make a good plan and set a course and set out.

Live a life set apart not separate from others but reserved for impact, change, and love in action. Jesus has so much in store for you and you don’t even know. Take the risk, be aggressive (in the right, motivating way) and get it done.

Denounce fear OUT LOUD. GET BEHIND ME SATAN I GOT A LIFE TO LIVE AND A PURPOSE TO ACCOMPLISH AND FULFILL FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS HERE AND IM USHERING IT TO EARTH HERE AND NOW.

I will not entertain the stupid arguments of this world that will try and keep me down. I will not entertain temptation, fear, doubt, rejection or failure. I will choose righteousness not for my own sake but so the world will know YOUR TRUTH AND YOUR TRUTH WILL SET THEM FREE. I will choose faith that acts in risk. I will choose belief in Jesus Christ, and not only believe for eternity but make Him LORD of my life here today to bring heaven to earth now. I will not worry about the approval of others, for what does their approval mean? Nothing. I seek to hear, do, and say what I gain from my Kingdom Father and Friend. I will rise from the ashes of failure and press on towards the goal set before me.

COME ON PEOPLE WE GOT WORK TO DO!