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When It’s Hard to Trust / Build Belief

Sermon of the Day: 

When It’s Hard to Trust


Mark 15:15 NIV

Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

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Good Morning men. I hope all of you never grow weary in doing good but remain steadfast in the Lord.

This morning’s verse really caught my attention as I read through it the other day. This passage comes from the most important chain of events in human history, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Although God is completely sovereign, and had all events completely planned out to the finest detail. This man Pilate was in a crucial position and had a choice to crucify or release Jesus.

Pilate was the governor of this area, under the rule of the Roman government and emperor. So he was a man of power, prestige and wealth. Pilate had the earthly authority to grant life or death sentences. Unfortunately for Pilate, he reveals to us all in the above verse that he was a good ole fashioned people-pleaser. We see at the very start of this verse that Pilate’s decision was based on satisfying the crowd.

Were there bigger things at play here with Pilates decision? Like the security of his position, answering to the emperor, his families safety and well being? Absolutely all of those things were in play including some political persuasion that the Jews were actually leveraging against Pilate (John 19:5-16).

However Pilate making his own decision gave in and satisfied the crowd.

Men, I want us to ask ourselves a question: who do you aim to please or satisfy?

Although the majority of us probably don’t have the power and authority of Pontius Pilate. In our own circles of influence we have power, we have persuasion and we definitely have decisions to be made. We have to dig deep and know what the consequences of our decisions could be. We have to have our values in order, we have to know who needs to be the focus of our decisions. We all will have situations that the desire to please man, or the crowd will be present. What will we choose?

Whether your standing up for a good thing at work, or maybe you are standing up for your faith and what you believe. Either way; Men, we have to be grounded in the truth of God’s Word. Look at what Paul talks about here:

1 Corinthians 1:18-19 NIV

1For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

This verse really illustrates to me how empty people pleasing can be. As a born again believer in Christ Jesus we have to understand that the things we will represent will go against the grain. We will be counter culture. Not on purpose and not to be weird or indifferent but primarily because living out the word of God really is foolishness in this life. We need to be anchored in God’s Word if we hope to stand against opposition triumphantly and realize the small decisions we make every day are setting the stage for an easy people pleasing decision. Or a difficult counter culture, possibly even offensive decision to stand in the gap for what is right.

Don’t lose hope or worry men. Please understand that God’s Word will never fail, neither will His wisdom as Paul tells us here:

1 Corinthians 1:25 ESV

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Trust in the Lord men. Trust in His righteous judgments. Learn to believe that His Word is your anchor. As our belief builds, our faith for God grows. Belief builds as we are satisfied in God. This kills pride. This is a powerful sequence to know, understand and follow. Rather than fearing man, the thoughts of man and the judgments of man. Lets learn to be satisfied in God, building our belief and killing all pride the puffs up against the knowledge and wisdom of God.

So how do we be satisfied in God rather than men?

John 6:35 NIV

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

When we learn this, believe this and apply this we will be completely satisfied. We must know that God has given us all things, and all things were purchased by Jesus Christ. This inheritance was given to every believer in Jesus Christ.

God Loves you and cares for you so deeply. Please know that God always has your best interest in mind although we may not see it or feel it in the moment. Underneath a desire to please man, or “satisfy the crowd” is pride. Kill pride with being satisfied in who God is. Allow your belief to build so that your faith will never waver. Lets close with this verse:

! Peter 5:6-7 ESV

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

 

Heavenly Father humble us to not fear the crowd. Teach us to be satisfied in you, to come to you for the bread of life and rivers of living water. That we may be so anchored in your truth, as to never lean on our own understanding. Teach us to cast all our anxieties on you knowing that you care for us so deeply that you gave Your only Son to die in our place. We love You and praise You and give You all the glory. In Jesus name, Amen!

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Determined to Achieve / My Portion, O Lord!

Sermon of the Day: 

Determined to Achieve


Psalm 119:57 NIV

You are my portion, Lord;
    I have promised to obey your words.

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Good Morning Men. May the Lord enlarge your heart for more of Him this week.

As we move into the above verse, let me pose a question for you to consider as you read through: How much of the Lord do I want in my life?

The above verse really tugged on my heart this past week. We live in a world of advertisement and social media attractions for more and more of everything. Let’s be honest we all want more, we all want better in almost every area of our lives. Is it bad to want more? I truly believe it all depends on our hearts motivations.

In one of the sermons I listened to this past week, Pastor James said this:

‘God may be saying No. He may be saying not now. The delay in receiving what we long to do and accomplish is purifying our motivations. Sometimes God says no for a season until I get to the place where I want it for the right reasons.’

I love that.

What is so powerful about the above verse is that the Psalmist David is making this statement from a satisfied soul. In fact commentaries believe that the original language leaves this more as a statement of: My Portion, O Lord!

What an amazing place to be in our lives that we are fully satisfied in our portion of God. Men, that we have surrendered our life to Jesus so much so that His wants are our wants. His desires are becoming our desires. So that no matter what situations come in life, no matter what temptations come our way; HE IS ENOUGH!

What an amazing place to live life from. To live life with an overflowing cup just as David says in another Psalm:

Psalm 23:5 NIV

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

The Bible reveals God’s heart for each and every one of us, and God’s heart is completely and radically all about you. God has so designed us in a way that the more we desire Him, the more we pursue Him, the more we align our life and actions for His ultimate glory. The more of Him we receive, desire and become satisfied in Him. Men everything else in this world leaves us empty, wanting more or lost.

The choice is yours, and if that choice is a satisfied soul. Then make this prayer, or a prayer like it a part of your daily thought and prayer life.

Heavenly Father I long to know you more, I desire to have a satisfied soul. Help me to see that you are my portion. Be my portion O Lord. In Jesus Name Amen!

Have an amazing week in Christ Jesus.

 

I’m Not My Performance / Choice, Hope, Love and Prayer

Sermon of the Day: 

I’m Not My Performance


Colossians 3:15 NIV

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

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Good Morning Men! Today is another amazing day to fall deeper in Love with the creator of the universe, the maker of heaven and earth! I hope you know and believe that.

I’m really excited to share about the above verse and several others today. I have been reading a book titled ‘Switch On Your Brain’ by Dr. Caroline Leaf. In all honesty this book has some parts that seem a little repetitive and even a little less stimulating than I would prefer. However there are some things I have learned that will not only change the way I think, operate, act and teach. These things will also change actually hardware in my brain. Yup that’s right, actually physical properties in my brain.

I would like to pull a couple verses that were used in this book and share the things I learned about them. What Dr. Leaf does in this book that is so powerful and mind blowing for me is linking God’s amazing truths to science. My hope is that you will never look at scripture the same, and you will also realize the power for blessing or cursing God has given us with our thought life.

Before we dive in I would like to lay some biblical foundations. First of all we were all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and everything God created He called good (Genesis 1). God loves you and me so much that He gave His only Son to die a horrible death, so He could raise Him from death to everlasting life so you and I could see and know how much He loves us (John 3:16). God has designed everything about us for His ultimate glory, giving us the power over death and every obstacle we will face in this world (John 16:33). So realize we have all the power to choose life or death in our own lives, where many of us get off track is our intent. So lets take a look at some powerful take-aways that if you study these and learn to apply them in your life, you will never be the same.

Colossians 3:15 NIV

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

That really is quite a mouthful that a great pastor could probably preach on for several hours alone. Although today this means one thing for me and you: Choice. Obviously we all realize we have choices everyday, many we make automatically out of habit and routine. However many choices are viewed with extra thought each day to hopefully make the right one. This section of the book illustrated how not only that choice is real, we literally have the ability to stand outside of ourselves and observe our thought life. We have the ability to speak with God and grow healthy positive thoughts that scientifically have proven to make structural changes inside our brain. New pathways if you will and neurochemicals surge to stimulate and foster these positive thoughts to improve intellect, health and peace. Do you believe God loves you so much that He created you to have a powerful thought life that could change your life, your family, your relationships and the impact you can have on them for Christ?

I hope you do.

Hebrews 1:1 KJV

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The planet shaking power of faith and hope. God teaches us that a man without hope will grow sick but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12). We need to start with hope, hope is the seed that builds our faith. When our faith is built up we begin living and acting in ways that align with our hope and the convictions that are needed to follow that hope. Great endeavors have been achieved with this concept, some have brought life, some have brought death. Nonetheless the hope or desire that was worked or fought for brought structural change to the brain.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

God Almighty has wired our brains with a natural optimism bias for love. As we know from Genesis we were created as good, which means we were created healthy. God has created us to live from health, it is our choices that pull us away from that. It is the thought life we allow to be developed that pulls us away from God either physically or spiritually.

A personal discovery God revealed to me while reading this book was from the following verse:

Matthew 5:44 NKJV

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…

Why is it so important to pray for our enemies?

Is it because God doesn’t want to help them because they are evil and we are not? Absolutely not, according to God’s Word, no one is righteous (Romans 3:10), all of us have hearts that are bent on evil continually (Jeremiah 17:9). Now when we take what we have been talking about so far from this book it is very clear to see that praying for your enemies is for your benefit! God not only knows us better than we know ourselves but He also loves us so much that He knows our thought life can ruin us. God knows that if we have enemies and we continue to think negative about them, our minds will get hardwired for negativity. As many of you can affirm a lifestyle of negative thinking creates a person that no one wants to be around, in fact when we allow it long enough it seems almost to permanently change the physical characteristics of a persons face. So instead of cursing our enemies we speak blessing over them, we pray for them and we genuinely hope for good things in Christ not just for their good but for the health and well being of your brain and life.

Wherever you are in your thought life just know there is hope and there is room for improvement. God has given us so many resources in His Word to master our thought life and to utilize all the gifts, talents and tools He has laid within your grasp. One more powerful tool for you no matter where you are in your thought life is below:

Romans 12:2 NIV

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This verse has so much depth and power but if we could just start to grasp that our minds need renewing daily. Living the Christian life is counter culture, which means our thought life is going to be pulled in all directions based on what we allow in through our choices of entertainment, association and everything in between. In order to learn God’s will for your life our mind needs to be renewed daily. This will take work, effort and lots of practice. This will take pursuing holiness over happiness. However the rewards will be beyond measure as you learn and know God’s good, pleasing and perfect will for your life!

Place your hope in God, allow that hope to develop a immovable faith in who God is and that He loves you so much and wants your greatest good for His ultimate glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). Know that God doesn’t just want you to have life, but life abundantly (John 10:10).

 

I Need Reviving / Welcome the Thorn

 

 

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Sermon of the Day: 

I Need Reviving


Welcome the Thorn

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV)

How am I ever going to get her to start praying?

How on earth can I get him depending completely on Me?

Words like these are never spoken in heaven—ever!­—because the options are limitless. The resources that God can employ to bring us to our knees are as vast and individual as the number of children He’s dealing with.

Sometimes He chooses to accomplish these purposes through temporary seasons of suffering—“various trials,” the Bible calls them, “knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”(James 1:2b–4 NASB). Sometimes, though, the suffering isn’t so temporary. Sometimes it’s lasting.

Or as Paul described it—“a thorn” (2 Corinthians 12:7, ESV).

A thorn typically is only a small thing, yet it hurts like crazy, disproportionate to its size. You wouldn’t think it could cause so much pain, but it’s sharp, like a pin prick. And if it gets stuck under your skin, you feel the stab of it every time something so much as brushes across it.

In Paul’s case, he didn’t identify the specifics of it any further, this thorn he said was “given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited” (2 Corinthians 12:7). Maybe the reason he didn’t speak of it in more detail was so we could all relate to it, whatever our personal “thorn” might happen to be. A chronic health problem, for instance—something physical. A deep pain or abuse from the past—something emotional. A dark, shameful failure that’s left a scar across your memory—something spiritual. Maybe even a thankless job or a burdensome responsibility. Every Christian has a thorn of some kind.

But it’s hard. And it hurts. “Three times,” Paul said, “I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me” (2 Corinthians 12:8). Have you ever done that? Ever said that? Do we really have to do this, Lord? I can’t take it anymore!

Notice, though, God’s answer to Paul was the same as His answer to us—not, “Paul, you can do it,” but rather, “Paul, I can.” “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” The thorn creates an opening for God’s grace, without which we have no capacity for doing anything that’s eternally profitable.

Trials come, and trials go—these temporary, painful circumstances sent by God to transform our conduct and character. But thorns don’t go away. Sent by Satan, they are allowed by God, so that in teaching us to live with them, He can amplify His glory through us.

One day, I promise you, we’ll be standing around in heaven, asking each other, “What was your thorn? How did you handle it?” Did we spend a lot of time wishing we had a different one? Did we treat it like an avoidable accident instead of the work of a purposeful God? Did we fuss and complain about what it cost us and what we couldn’t do in life because of it?

Or will we have heeded His Word to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1, NASB)?

Welcome the thorn. Embrace the grace.

Journal

  • What would you consider to be your “thorn”?
  • How could you respond to it differently today than usual?

Pray
Father, I confess my suffering can sometimes seem bigger in my eyes than You are. Forgive me for that. Help me remember Your greatness and goodness. Remind me today how short my life is, and how privileged I am to be one of Your children. No matter what You allow me to face, and no matter how long You choose for me to endure it, Your grace is always enough. YOU are always enough. I draw upon Your grace again, and I affirm that I trust You, today and every day, in Jesus’ name, amen

I May Never Know Why / What Do You Crave?

Sermon of the Day: 

I May Never Know Why


Ephesians 4:29-32 ESV

29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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Good Morning Men. My hope is this message finds you ready and willing for whatever God is moving in your heart.

The above passage was selected for us this week because it is something I have been struggling with over the last few weeks and my hope is some of you could also relate.

Starting in verse 29, how many of us have completely mastered this first command?

I cannot speak for you, but I know I have not. I may have some seasons where I seem to have mastered this. Then a situation arises, or I get around a certain group of people and it’s almost like I am back to square one. Maybe some of you can relate.

According to this command there is no tolerance for corrupt talk. No matter what translation of the Bible you read this verse from. The message is very clear, NO corrupt talk. In other words nothing should be coming out of your mouth that is not wholesome, life breathing or “good for building up”.

Why not?

I mean let’s be honest, sometimes it just feels good. Or sometimes certain situations or people just ask for it, right? If I could answer for my flesh, Absolutely! But…why are we here men, why are we on this earth? Why are we among co-workers and friends that do not know Jesus?

I’m glad you asked, according to the rest of verse 29 we need to give grace to those who hear. I will come back to this point.

Another reason we need to grow in this area is we grieve the Holy Spirit. Just like water and oil will never mix and become one, so will the Holy Spirit repel anything that is not of Christ and holy. If you are a born again believer of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God now lives and resides in you. The Bible teaches many things about the Holy Spirit but for a quick snap shot He is our helper, guide and counselor. The Holy Spirit is one with God and the more we direct our lives in Christ and learn to hear Him in our hearts and mind the more in tuned we become in developing a relationship with Him.

So when we continue to ignore a command like in verse 29, and we continue to speak and talk in ways that do not impart grace and build others up. I just imagine the Holy Spirit throwing up His hands and being like, there is no point in me talking to this guy. This guy never listens to me or the Word of God and continues to talk and speak like everyone else around him.

That is why Paul reminds us here that we were sealed for the day of redemption. In other words, when you belong to Christ you are His. Your soul has been sealed, that doesn’t mean we can live and act in a way that continually grieves the Holy Spirit and still be pleasing to God. What it does mean is you are called to separate, sanctified and holy for God’s glory.

In verse 31 we are told to put all types of junk away, this list is pretty extensive with bitterness, anger, wrath, slander, clamor and malice. Ouch, if I can be honest again this could literally be a daily battle to avoid all these everyday. But what I love most is how Paul just puts it so simply, put these things away from you. In other words just cut it out already. You don’t need some 7 step master plan to overcoming these things. We don’t need to blame the devil or our upbringing, I feel like Paul is just saying enough already man, just stop.

So how are we supposed to act? How do we speak and treat others when life is not always fair, or situations do not always work in our favor. Or when our good nature or reputation is tarnished by someone else?

The answer lies in these beautiful words in verse 32:

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

First of all easier said than done, right?

Well, this is actually the most important part of this entire passage. There are non-believers who have gotten pretty good with not speaking corrupt talk. They have great reputations and are known as really good people and that is great. But how do you and I separate from the pack to glorify and honor the name of Christ? How do we live out the following verse:

Matthew 5:16 NIV

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

We do it by living out verse 32 everyday. Just like oil and water don’t mix, neither does darkness and light, sin and holiness. God commands us to be holy and set apart from the world. To stand out with a love that is so radical that no one can claim human credit, our love must be super natural to be different. Coming back to giving grace to those who hear, this is how we show what we have been forgiven for.

When we really grasp what Jesus did for us on that cross, then getting rid of bitterness and unforgiveness no longer becomes a choice. This does not make it any easier, all it does is remove the choice on whether we allow those things to remain in our hearts. Instead we get to work on allowing God and the Holy Spirit to help us forgive and love others even if we feel they don’t deserve i it.

Many people have a big problem with this, in fact some of you may be struggling with this right now. Not wanting to let go of bitterness, anger. hurt or unforgiveness. I understand and that is totally your choice. However just remember, everyone has a master. You will either serve Jesus or you will serve sin. Sin is the snare and bondage that entangles us. Jesus came to set us free. So that we can have life abundantly. Jesus died so we can have victory over sin and death. Something I recently heard that I loved and would like to close with.

As we talk about things we don’t want to do, sins we want to turn or run from. Sometimes legalism can be formed, or even the feeling of do’s and dont’s. What I am choosing to do is not focus so much on what I am trying to run from, rather I am trying to focus more on what I crave.

Lets crave more of Jesus. Look at what Peter says:

1 Peter 2:1-3

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long (crave-emphasis mine) for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

May God Almighty give you a supernatural craving for more of Him in every area of your life.

I’m Not a Victim / My Fathers Business

Sermon of the Day: 

I’m Not a Victim


Luke 2: 42-50 NKJV

42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”

49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

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Good Morning Men! I hope this message finds you well in the Lord, hungering and desiring for more of Him in your life.

Today I wanted to share a message about parenting. This week I have been having a strong nudge from the Holy Spirit, along with several situations that brought this to the forefront for me this week.

The above passage is a powerful passage that has some powerful truths behind its one and only interpretation. However as with all of God’s Word, it is alive and has many different applications for us. One application I want to point us towards is an example of a perfect Father and Son relationship. However we can use this for any parenting relationship.

You may be wondering why.

Why would I want us to look at a perfect relationship when none of us are perfect? None of us have perfect relationships with our own fathers. If this is your thoughts, I totally understand, the goal here is so we can learn God’s design. I believe with all my heart that all too often we are following the template of our society or environment. Fractured families, broken relationships are so common that I really believe people have accepted that as fact, and as normal.

In fact not sure if it is the same where you live, but in my area it is just an accepted fact that pretty much everyone has family drama and that it is just accepted and the norm so no sense fight it.

Have you accepted that as fact, or do you believe God has a perfect design that we can strive for?

I hope you can stand with me, in concrete faith that God did not create us to have broken and fractured relationships. In fact it angers me that we have been deceived to think that is the way it has to be.

Lets look at this passage, primarily in verse 49.

Jesus as a twelve year old boy says: “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

Why does Jesus care so much about His Father’s business?

First of all Jesus is only 12. How many 12 year old’s are that concerned with what dad thinks, what dad says and bails on responsibility to be around people that know dad or talk about dad?

Not many I’m sure.

The question is why? Why does Jesus care this much? We could definitely argue that He is Jesus, so of course He knows everything and knows how to take care of Himself and all that kind of stuff. But what if it really is just a reflection of Jesus, who is fully God, but also fully man knowing how much His Father loves Him.

God the Father and Jesus the Son of God have a pretty unique relationship. In fact they have done everything together since the beginning of time. Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 give us great illustrations of that. Their love for each other is so deep, rich and enduring.

As men, as fathers that is what we are to strive for. A relationship with our children that is impenetrable, that can withstand any difficulty or challenge because our love is so rich, transparent and authentic.

I want to share several of my favorite verses from scripture that should be pointing me and you down some powerful paths to rock solid relationships with our children. Not just when they are young and not just when things are going well. Rock solid through struggle, impenetrable through difficulty and extremely joyous and never satisfying when things are great.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV

Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.

This sounds pretty straight forward. But what does train a child up mean? The Greek word used here means to train up or dedicate. This isn’t casual Sunday school when little Johnny is 7. This is day in day out modeling who God is in our lives. Look at what Moses said:

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Men, this training is constant. Especially as our children get older we are not here to shove it down their throats. Our kids listening to our words in one way more than any other way. They listen by watching our lives. Do we have an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ that is attractive? If the answer is no then why would our children be interested in someone your not really interested in?

Ephesians 6:4

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

I really believe this verse becomes more alive as our children get older. Many times children grow older and start to rebel. Sometimes they come back around and sometimes they don’t. There is no perfect recipe for every child. However we want to do all we can to live in a way that glorifies God in all we do. We then want to train them up with solid biblical truths, everyday and in every situation. Then as they get older we will still love on them when they don’t act right. We don’t push it down their throats.

God’s template for parenting is to create deep relationships with our children so as they grow and mature, their question for others will be just like Jesus.

Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?

May the Lord Bless you with desire and wisdom to build amazing relationships with your children.

Bigger Than My Disagreement / Do You Want to Get Well?

Sermon of the Day: 

Bigger than My Disagreement 


John 5:6 NIV

When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

Good Morning Men! Hope this email finds you ready to desire more of God in your life!

The above verse comes from a powerful passage of scripture where Jesus performs an amazing miracle. The full story is found in John 5:1-15, however let me give the highlights needed for this message.

There was a pool that people of that time believed had some healing powers, that an angel stirred the waters at certain times and the sick or lame were healed. A certain man had an infirmity for 38 years and could never be the first in the water to receive the healing. We do not know all the other details of this man, the pool or this entire situation. All we know is what was inspired to be written and that is all we need.

So Jesus, Son of God, the Messiah comes along and singles out this man and asks him a question. A question I believe that is directly relevant for every single one of us today. As you all know, Jesus did not only die for this man, Jesus died for the entire world which includes me and you. So because of that, Jesus is asking the same question to you and me today:

“Do you want to get well?”

This may mean something very different for each and every one of us. Some of us may need physical healing, others relational, for some maybe mental, or spiritual. For many of us we may have been going so long with our issues like this man in the text that we need a combination of one or more of these areas.

Just as Jesus challenged this man, my hope is that His Words will challenge each of us today. If we do want to get well, then how bad do we want it? Do we realize that change is needed? Do we really want to be changed? Or do we want to wait 38 years for our condition to continue?

Men we can get so used to our pain, discouragement and defeat that many times we give up on ourselves. Many times we even give up on God. You ever think about how our misery becomes so comfortable that we actually refuse to respond? This refusal can actually happen in a variety of ways, it may not be a direct refusal. But just idleness, a resistant spirit, a lack of the fruit of the spirit or a luke-warm spirit can be a refusal nonetheless.

So the story unfolds by the man answering Jesus with excuses. Have you ever had excuses for Jesus? We all have. Yet look at the response of Jesus:

John 5:8 NIV

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

Jesus didn’t say, well you didn’t answer my question so I’m leaving. No, Jesus in His abounding grace and mercy for each and every one of us is so patient. Jesus is so loving and desires that all men be saved. The problem always is us, we get in our own way. Let me repeat that, the problem is always us. We get in the way of Jesus speaking life into our hearts and minds through the power of His Word.

Then look what happens:

John 5:9 NIV

And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

Men, 38 years of infirmity. Whatever that was appears to have made this man unable to walk, unable to live a normal productive life. Then Jesus enters the scene.

Is there anything in your life holding you back? Are there things from your past that keep dragging you down? Is there fear and insecurity that you keep allowing to keep you in a holding pattern waiting for the water to stir? Or are you just comfortable with the pain?

Jesus has come to not just give you life, but life abundantly (John 10:10).

So what do you and I need to do, to activate this transformational movement in our lives?

The first thing is we need Jesus. We need to be impacted and touched by the Words of Christ Jesus. We know that Jesus came to save all. So box 1 is filled, you qualify.

Second is Jesus asked this man a question about being made well, but it was really about belief.

Do we really believe Jesus has the power to heal, mend, fix or repair whatever our issue or problem is? I hope the answer is yes. We have to believe, it all starts with belief. If we do not have belief in who Jesus says He is, if we do not take Him at His Word then there is no sense going to the next step.

The next step is action. We have to take our belief and put it into motion. This is called faith in action. We gotta do something men. I hear way to often Christian after Christian saying they are praying for God to move in their life but they are not doing anything about it. Your belief is not real if you are not putting it into action. If you make a mistake its okay, just act, just go. Do something. Base everything in God’s Will and just go. If your not sure seek counsel from someone that knows a little more than you in God’s Word.

So here it is in brief:

Desire – Believe – Act

The Words of Jesus are life transforming, cling to His Word and let it radiate all through your life!

Do you want to get well?

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