Intensity

He is not a half-way God anyway, that is why his first commandment says you shall have no other gods before me! He is the all out pillar of NO COMPROMISE who demands that we live in Him. In John 15:1 Jesus says I am the vine and you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing….If you abide in me and my words abide in you ask what you wish and it shall be given. Look at that word abide. It is another word that calls for action. It means to live in or take up residence.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to not have some faith. I mean there are obviously some pros and cons to this and I think I want to be a part of the pros amen. I don’t have to be perfect, just willing. Oh he’ll take me just as I am the song says. Our pastor has told us that He is not interested in my ability, but my availability.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to not have some faith. I mean there are obviously some pros and cons to this and I think I want to be a part of the pros amen. I don’t have to be perfect, just willing. Oh he’ll take me just as I am the song says. Our pastor has told us that He is not interested in my ability, but my availability.

Repent-It’s So Much Easier

There are going to be times when you “miss the mark”. There are going to be iniquities in life because we live in this flesh suit.

You cannot afford to even get momentum gathered in the direction of negativity or non-repentance.

People, that is old behavior. You and I have a history of not being able to have just one. Well it is the same with an attitude of negativity or leaving. It has a powerful way about itself. The enemy is waiting for you to get on that train. Beware of this spirit. Identify with it quickly so you can disarm the enemy. You know how I do it? I apologize for what I have done wrong quickly. You are in Teen Challenge. You submitted everything at the door and waved all your rights.

The Hidden People

So often we talk about the pathway to a life in oneness with the Lord. Yes, we discuss the pathway to a life of anointing in the Spirit. Yet we rarely meet the Lord on his terms, on his playing field, in the secret place. This hidden life in God means ultimate death to soulish and fleshly motivations. The source of all strength, significance, and spiritual power comes from a history of seeking God in “the secret place:”. It is a personal, intimate relationship with the Almighty that imparts wisdom., character and motivation to a special group of individuals, “a hidden people.”

A hidden people accomplish their assignments from the Lord in prayer before presuming to know how to accomplish them in their natural strength. This means their work’s success or failure is based simply upon the answer to prayer. Because of the faithfulness and humility of their prayers, God uses them as a vehicle to bring His will to pass in this earth.

The next characteristic of hiddenness is that of forgiveness or graciousness. When we become hidden in God and dead to self, we are no longer “jumpy” or touchy. If someone rubs us the wrong way, we don’t lose our salvation. People can stomp on us and run over us and it doesn’t matter. You can’t offend a dead man. See, dead men don’t care if they get their own way, as long as God gets His.

The third characteristic of a hidden person is that of compassion. Compassion is foundational, affecting all of our motivations and decisions. When the love of God is the driving force empowering us for service, we will have the anointing to move in and demonstrate the ministry of Jesus. We can see Jesus’ earthly ministry that He was continually “moved,” or motivated by compassion. The results were miraculous.

Grow Up!!

Write this down: you pursue anything to the degree that you value it. That sounds profound but it is very practical.

You need to let go of some old routines and develop some new habits and intentionally change the way you think. The word says to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. The work out is your responsibility, and the work in is God’s role. So you can see that spiritual growth (which is the source of all growth in your life) is a collaborative effort between you and the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit works with us, not just in us.

A willing person never says things like that anymore, because they are a new creation-the old has past, behold the new has come! Life changes always happen in the mind first. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act.

The Strength in Weakness

Admit your weaknesses. Stop pretending to have it all together and be honest about yourself. Now, he has something to work with. If you really want God to use you, you must know who YOU are.

Jesus sent his disciples out two by two. Staff is important, counseling has it’s place, but Jesus talks about a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

I’m just waiting on God. Stop waiting and get involved all the way. You weren’t in addiction half-way. Why do this thing half-way? All or none.

Define Your Moment in Life

Obviously, we must first make a choice. Turn to Deuteronomy 30:15… Therefore choose life it says in verse 19. Pretty straight-forward right? In fact, Jesus says n John 10:110 I came that they might have life, life more abundantly. The NIV says have it to the full. He wants so much for you. He is an abundant, overflowing, more than you can contain God….Not just enough-or barely getting by God.

Your choice is between Christ or Satan. There are two masters in the world; we cannot serve them both (Matthew 6:24) The word of God in Joshua 24:15 says choose this day whom ye will serve.

The Attitude to Approach Life

All of us have the ability and the privilege to choose our attitudes, no matter what the circumstances. Over time autopilot takes over because of the preprogramming we’ve done. It is vital for you to understand that you can choose your own thinking, As you understand that you can choose your own thinking. As you learn to think like God thinks, it enables you to partner with Him in accomplishing whatever you need.

What redemption does not do. Limited redemption –be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Either you conform or you transform. I’m afraid of being trapped on the street corner of my experiences and not growing past the culture that has so shaped me. I’m afraid of not living. The world is bigger than your world and that reality-don’t die on the street corner of your perspective. Don’t settle for that corner that shaped your ideas.

We were all born with a built-in death warrant, which is our sin nature, because we have inherited this sin nature from Adam because of his actions, but when we came to Christ we are not sinners anymore. Don’t just talk about God, but engage with the world to evangelize the world in your own special way from your special corner of the world where the Lord has placed you for that particular moment, week, or month in your life. Redeemed people have the very evidence of redemption.

IF YOU ARE REDEEMED YOU ARE DEDICATED

Commitment

You will never bring the Giant down without the commitment, If I just go to college, that I will get a job and get jobs forever. That wasn’t the truth. People in America are finding that everywhere they go. And then, I used to think that if someone had an education you would really get something in a staff member for that-they have the information but they don’t have the character, dedication and the tenacity to perform. I’d rather hire someone that had the guts-had the commitment-in a perfect world I’d love to have both, but if I had to choose, I’d rather have someone that just has a real commitment-because those people can go back and learn.

INTENSITY

Intensity is an interesting thing. Some people don’t think of themselves as intense until they find something they care deeply about. Oftentimes we can be intense about the wrong things. I can get really intense when someone cuts me off in traffic; what a waste. We should be intentional about our intensity. Our intensity must purposefully be directed at things that really matter and purposefully not directed at things that don’t.

But don’t be intense about the wrong things. I want to make sure I am intense and focused when working on the things that matter. If I am willing to lose my voice yelling for someone else to be successful on the football field, I should also be serving in my leadership role with great intensity. I should be engaged in conversation with my wife of thirty years with even more intensity than when we were dating. I should pursue friendships and my spiritual walk with fervor. I should be passionate about work that matters,

The Shepherding Leadership Style

Leaders must remember that although there are many cause-driven people who are waiting to be drawn into a mission by a visionary leader, there are also plenty of community starved people who need to be welcomed onto a team where they can be nurtured and loved. Only then will they be motivate to answer the call of a cause. Without tender care they will hold back, but if shepherded lovingly they will joyfully pursue almost any kingdom purpose with loyal dedication. The shepherd has to speak in order for them to recognize His voice.

Where I Am

We are on a constant quest for truth and beauty of a changed life. We will find fresh ways to communicate the gospel to the postmodern mind. Postmodernism is the intellectual boundary between the old world and the other side.

Give It Up

Christ gave up his reputation. No one in Nazareth saluted Him as the Son of God. He did not stand out in his elementary-classroom photograph, demanding no throne to sit on in the classroom, or crown to wear on the playground. His friends knew him as a woodworker, not a star hanger. His looks turned no heads; His position earned him no credit. In the great “lowering of Himself we call Christmas, Jesus gave up heavenly rank and crawled out among the hay and horse-stall of this earth because you and I were worth it? Hard to comprehend-yet a principle that must be duplicated for you to step into the river of your destiny!

The Final Countdown

What are you going to do with your circumstances-with your countdown. You are so important to the Lord than some space shuttle taking off. You have a choice to do something with your countdown. This is your capsule in time to prepare. The second half of your life does not have to be the same as the first. To be effective with your countdown-you might want to become a student of I, gives a new meaning to the word student doesn’t it? Even companies respect this type of situation. If they are going to launch a new product, they determine a launch situation. If they are going to launch a new product, they determine a launch date. They have a countdown called a pre-launch period where they will get their affairs in order-come up with all these marketing approaches-advertising campaigns-book all these trade show dates……. They will really study and meditate with this time. They take it as serious as the situation at hand. I mean. They have put millions of dollars into this product. Yeah, serious man hours too. What should you do with your serious situation at hand?

Worry Warts Watch Out

We are not fretting over the right things. If we could see that the Lord is up there saying-If you are going to worry, why not be concerned about pleasing me? I am the Lord your God…….I am the only one that can change anything for your good anyway. I’m talking to someone here tonight. Look at Matthew 6:27-Jesus said worry was irrelevant. When was the last time you solved a problem by worrying about it?

Thinking for a Change 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work

In the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, I wrote about the Law of the Lid, which states, “Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness. In other words, in any endeavor with people, your leadership is the lid…
Your thinking is the lid for your potential. If you’re an excellent thinker, then you have excellent potential and the words of Emerson ring true; “Beware when the great God lets loose a great thinker on the planet.

Attitude Adjustment

If you can keep your attitude the way Jesus kept his attitude, we will be so much better off! If you can adjust your attitude on a daily basis, you can enjoy your life!
Let me ask you a question-is your problem really your problem, or is it your attitude about your problem really your problem. Change your outlook, you can change your life. Your attitude affects everything, everything in your life. An airplane has an attitude indicator and it shows the position of the plane to the horizon. When it is diving, it has a nose down attitude. If the horizon is average,
where is your attitude? Ask God, is there any adjustment that I need to make to my attitude?

Developing the Real You

I came to deliver a message to someone who has had good ideas. You are on the verge of perfect-the baby is coming. You haven’t had your best idea yet! God is doing a new thing in you. There is someone on the inside of you that wants to live-that needs to be fed, crying out to let me out!!!! Anyone who has left you is going to miss it. It took everything that happened to you yesterday, is going into the makeup of what you are about to be today. We believe there are concepts in you, CEO’s in you, ideas in you, inventions in you. There can be businesses in you, books, paintings in you-something that could radically change your life. Someone could take the same cards you have been dealt and do something great with your set of circumstances, but we don’t need them, because we’ve got you!!! There is someone inside of everyone that is capable of conceptualizing an idea of the new you-you might need prayers for the new you followed by notepads and recorders. The baby is coming-the new you is coming –your ideal you-its about time!

At the End of the Day

The lives we lead do not always lend time for inner reflection. We’re so busy that we don’t make space for prayer, for meditation. We don’t really examine. We throw ourselves into this busy-ness so deeply that we don’t take the time to pause for even a Sabbath, if you will. Everything else in creation has a Sabbath-a winter, a season of not being fruitful. It can be hard at first to identify that internal heartbeat, but recognizing it determines what will give you fulfillment and gratification. Think of it as an inward applause for every moment where you feel in harmony with yourself, and when you hear it-be it loud and clear or soft and slightly muffled-you’ll know exactly what it is and what you’re meant to do.

Get Practical!

I would rather see a sermon than hear one anytime. Then, after I see someone walk that talks, then I will listen to them preach and preach. James 2:20 –faith without works is dead . Remember that we are called to serve God and that means serving man in many cases. The measuring stick of our commitment it not our lip service, but our life. Action is our gauge whether someone really means it or not.