Thursday, April 24, 2014

What's Keeping You Sick?

I was reading a story one day about a man that had been sick for almost 40 years. The story is found in John 5. I would assume that perhaps his entire life he had struggled with his illness. I would also assume that anytime you live with something long enough, you just get used to it. Some people live with pain. Some live with abuse. Some live with the disease of depression.
One day Jesus came by the place where this man was. Jesus, the One who knows the number of hairs on our head, the One who can tell us what is wrong and how to fix it, asks a question..."do you want to get well?". The first time I read that all I could say was DUH! Lord, I've been like this all my life! But the man does not answer. He comes up with excuses. Basically he blames his condition on the fact that the environment that he lives in does not care about him and neither do the people.
Jesus knew his answer. He wanted to provoke this man to really think about getting well. If you get well you have to get a job. If you get well, you have to find a home. If you get well, you can no longer blame everyone, do you really want to get well?
What excuses are keeping you sick? What is causing you to not walk in the destiny that God has already prepared for you? What diseased porch are you laying on today? Debt? Doubt? Delusion?
Answer the question "do you want to get well?" with a resounding yes! Prepare yourself to be completely whole and moved to a new place in God, a higher place of praise and glory! You don't need any water to be stirred! Just say yes to Jesus today!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Turn the Lay-Off into a Pay-Off!

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
Difficult seasons have a way of halting breakthrough sessions. Abrupt changes in your marriage, at your job and in your faith can be disconcerting. Many people are struggling to survive financial hardship, relationship meltdown and spiritual apathy. We need to learn how to turn the lay-off into a pay-off!
When life causes you to be at a stand still, why not stand still and see the deliverance of God?Difficult patches will come but we must not lose heart. It may feel like the wheels are falling off when God is getting ready to bring you an entirely new car! His glory is being built through your challenges. 

Use the down-time to enjoy some up-time: lift up your eyes and give God praise! That my friend, is how you can begin to turn the lay-off into a pay-off!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How Much Will Your Sin Cost Me?

It's very clear that we are more connected than we might think. They used to call this a dog eat dog world but unfortunately no one realized that we are all "leashed" together! In other words, what you do affects me. What I do affects you. God had a plan for this. It had to do with honor: honoring one another. LO4EO: look out for each other. (Read Romans 12)
In every scandal the media points out to us we can see a leader, a victim and a large group of people, connected but not really intimately involved. Still, what happens has a profound impact on everyone. My sin will cost you. Your sin costs me.
The way to honor each other is to stay realize that we are tethered to people...created for fellowship and relationships. Of course the most important relationship we can have is a vertical one with our God. When that one is right, we keep evil desires and bad influences at bay and we develop strength to overcome. 
Evil will always be around us. People will get caught up in things that are harmful to them and those that they are connected to. Our goal is to stay in each others lives and to be genuinely concerned about what happens to us. How are you doing today? Do you need some encouragement? Are you stuck in some things that you sincerely want to get out of?
Lets work together...let honor one another and lets create a community and a world that loves one another. Let it begin with me!
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
in honor giving preference to one another...