What Is Driving Your Life?

Posted: January 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

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What Drives Your Life?

I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy!

Ecclesiastes 4:4
4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder a waif, a nothing, a no man. THOMAS CARLYLE

EVERYONE’S LIFE IS DRIVEN BY SOMETHING.

Most dictionaries define the verb drive as “to guide, to control, or to direct.” Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling, and directing it at that moment. What is the driving force in your life? Right now you may be driven by a problem, a pressure, or a deadline. You may be driven by a painful memory, a haunting fear, or an unconscious belief. There are hundreds of circumstances, values, and emotions that can drive your life. Here are five of the most common ones:

Many people are driven by guilt.
They spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. Guilt- driven people are manipulated by memories. They allow their past to control their future. They often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success. When Cain sinned, his guilt disconnected him from God’s presence, and God said,

Genesis 4:12
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

“You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

That describes most people today wandering through life with troubles. We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it. God’s purpose is not limited by your past. He turned a murderer named Moses into a leader and a coward named Gideon into a courageous hero, and he can do amazing things with the rest of your life, too. God specializes in giving people a fresh start. The Bible says,

Psalm 32:1
32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

“What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! … What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.”

Many people are driven by resentment and anger.
They hold on to hurts and never get over them. Instead of releasing their pain through forgiveness, they rehearse it over and over in their minds. Some resentment- driven people “clam up” and internalize their anger, while others “blow up” and explode it onto others. Both responses are unhealthy and unhelpful. Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past. Listen: Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. For your own sake, learn from it, and then let it go. The Bible says,

Job 5:2
2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.”

Isaiah 26:3
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

The next time you are driven by the troubles of this life, stop and focus on God.

It is only through Jesus that we can find perfect peace.

Got Purpose

Posted: January 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

Got Purpose

Do You Know Your Real Purpose In Life?

God’s purpose for your life predates your conception. He planned it before you existed, without your input! You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don’t get to choose your purpose.

Jeremiah 1:5
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Without God’s Purpose in Life, Life Will Be Empty..

God Is Already There

God Is In Complete Control If You Are One Of His Children

Revelation 5:1-14
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

In chapter four, John is caught up into the very throne room of God. In chapter five, the focus shifts to the right hand of God, who is seated on His throne. In His hand is a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals (5:1). In John’s time, books as we have today didn’t exist. Instead, people wrote on scrolls, which were made from single, long strips of papyrus (paper-like material made from the papyrus plant) or from parchment (specially treated leather). They were kept rolled up on a stick.

This chapter doesn’t reveal what is written on the scroll. However, when the seals are broken in chapter six, the judgments of God will be poured out on the earth. When the seventh seal is opened, the trumpets begin to sound ( Chapters. 8-9). Then, at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets (10:7). At least in part, the scroll is the fulfillment of the angel Gabriel’s answer to Daniel’s question regarding the end of time.

What does Gabriel tell him in Daniel 12:9c?

Daniel 12:9
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

This seven-sealed scroll contains the unfolding of the end of the age. There is good news for God’s children…

Since God is holding the scroll, He is in complete control, even when there is chaos on earth. Therefore, those who know God through Jesus Christ have nothing to fear (Rev. 3: 10).

Revelation 3:10
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Do you have a relationship with Jesus? You can tonight simply by asking Him into your heart.

Romans 10:13

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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You can just barely see in the first light of early morning. But as you wait, the light gets brighter and brighter. Don’t panic; just wait on God, and His plan will get brighter and brighter with time, until you stand in the full light of day. Someday (maybe not until you get to heaven) you will say, “Now I see why!” As someone has said, “Never judge the path God leads you on until you get to the end.” We don’t get to the end until we get to heaven.

When you are “between a rock and a hard place,” don’t panic and . . .

2. Be patient (14:13-14).
When the Israelites panic, Moses says to them, (14:13)

Exodus 14:13-14
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

All they had to do was stand still. But how do you do that in a crisis? By remembering God’s faithfulness and presence in the past, especially when you didn’t realize it at the time. We need to remember God is with us even when we can’t see Him or sense His Presence. He will lead us every step of the way. Listen to how this fact is declared in Psalm 77:19?

Psalm 77:19
19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

In every past crisis, though we couldn’t see Him, the Lord was there all the time. Next, Moses gives them a wonderful promise….

Exodus 14:14
14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

In other words, just stay calm and be patient.

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We have different ways to describe being in a difficult situation.

Some call it “a land mine type situation.”
Some call it being in “the pits.”
Others call it being “over a barrel.”
Others call it being “up a creek without a paddle.”

Whatever we call it, from time to time we all find ourselves in a situation in which there seems to be no good way out.

Such is the case when Pharaoh finally allows the Israelites to leave after the tenth plague. The Israelites stop at Succoth (12:37), a region probably between Rameses and Etham, for several days. There they sanctify to the Lord all their firstborn children and animals. Then, they observe the feast, or festival, of unleavened bread, by eating bread without leaven, or yeast, for seven days. This feast, like the Passo­ver, is used to educate future generations about what the Lord did for their ancestors (13:1-16).

Let’s look and see what Moses take with them to honor the request of one of their ances­tors (Gen. 50:25, Ex 13:19)?

Genesis 50:25
25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

Exodus 13:19
19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

Then in (13:21) They move from Succoth and camp at Etham on the edge of the wilder­ness, or desert. The Lord continues to go before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.

In (Psa.105:39) God spreads a cloud over them as a covering to keep them in the shade and cool in the daytime.
We also see in 14:19-20 Since nights in the desert are very cold, He also gives them a pillar of fire by night for light and heat.

After traveling several days in a southeasterly direction, God tells Moses to turn back and camp between Migdol (mig’-dol) and the sea. God knows this will make Pharaoh think the Israelites are wandering around in confusion.

As a result, in (14: 1-4b) Pharaoh’s mean heart will again harden and he will pursue them.

Lets read Exodus 14:4 and see what God then say to the Israelites (14:4c-d)?

Exodus 14:4
And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

The following passage reveals what to do when you’re “between a rock and a hard place.”

1. Don’t panic (14:3-12).

Exodus 14:3-12
3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.
5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:
7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

So we see in vs.3 …. The area where God leads the Israelites has shut them in. It is a culdesac with only one way out. As he has done in the past, Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues them with six hundred chosen chariots, as well as the rest of the chariots in Egypt.

These are the tanks of Bible times. Pharaoh also takes his army and catches the Israelites camped beside the shore of the Red Sea. Therefore, they are trapped (14:5-9).

When they see the mighty Egyptian army coming, the Israelites are terrified because they are “between a rock and a hard place.” They cry out to the Lord, even though they don’t really believe He will intervene.
Then in 10-12b they change their tune and lie by telling Moses that in Egypt they asked him to leave them alone and let them serve the Egyptians.

The lets look at what they say next to Moses (14:12c)?

Exodus 14:12 
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

To the Israelites, this “exodus” looks like a big mistake. However, at the Red Sea, God is actually setting the stage for one of the greatest miracles in the Bible.

Right now, you may be facing your own “Red Sea.” Whatever it is, don’t panic. Instead, remember the promises found in scripture.

Proverbs 4:18
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

You can just barely see in the first light of early morning. But as you wait, the light gets brighter and brighter. Don’t panic; just wait on God, and His plan will get brighter and brighter with time, until you stand in the full light of day. Someday (maybe not until you get to heaven) you will say, “Now I see why!” As someone has said, “Never judge the path God leads you on until you get to the end.” We don’t get to the end until we get to heaven.

When you are “between a rock and a hard place,” don’t panic and . . .

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Posted: November 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Roaring lion

Don’t Loose Your Focus On The One Who Is Really Attacking You

When you discover where the attacks are really coming from it changes the way you fight the battle. I want you to think of it this way.

The one in the White House is not in control. The one in charge of the UN is not in control. Isis is not in control. That person who don’t like you is not in control. The finances you have are not in control.

The one in the White House is not in trying to destroy you. The one in charge of the UN is not not in trying to destroy you. Isis is not not trying to destroy you. The person who doesn’t like you is not trying to destroy you. The finances you have are not trying to destroy you.

The Bible Says It Like This….

1 Peter 5:8 
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 It is all Satan your adversary working through the White House, Working Through The UN, Working Through Isis, Working Through That Person Who Doesn’t Like You and even Working Through Your Finances. 

We as Christians must remember that evil in whatever case it is, weather it be People, Problems, Trials is not a personal attack from them. I know It may look like it and feel like it. But no it’s not. I truly  believe through God’s word that it is all satan. I truly believe that in these cases the attackers don’t even realize the damage that is being done. Satan is a master at fooling people.   I know as a pastor people are always attacking because of satan. That will never change. If you are a christian Satan will never stop attacking when you do right. Satan doesn’t like it when you do right. As a matter of fact we can even rejoice in being attacked. So what am I trying to say? Stop focusing on The White House, The UN, The People who don’t like you, Your Finances.

The real problem is Satan.

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Pray That God Will Open The Eyes, Soften The Hearts And Change The Lives Of Those In The White House, The UN, Isis, That Person Who Don’t Like You and Your Many Attacks.

Remember Those Who Are Attacking Can Also Be Used By God. We Are All Sinners Saved By GRACE….

Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

I love the saying, “Love the sinner and hate the sin.”

There is always a price to pay for sin. But we must love the sinner. That doesn’t mean we accept what the sinner does but with love the pray for them that God would deliver them from their sin and use them in a mighty way. 

Partners With God

Posted: November 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Partners With God 

Matthew 6:5-15

Matthew 6:8

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

A man had transformed an over grown plot of ground into a beautiful garden and was showing a friend what he had accomplished. Pointing to a bed of flowers, he said, “Look at what I did here.” His companion corrected him, “You mean, ‘Look at what God and I did here.'” The gardener replied, “I guess you’re right. But you should have seen the shape this plot was in when He was taking care of it by Himself.”

We chuckle at the man’s reply, but it expresses a wonderful spiritual truth—we are co-workers with God. This applies to every area of life, including prayer. It answers a question that naturally comes to mind when we reflect on Jesus’ statements in Matthew 6. He said we don’t need to pray on and on with vain repetitions like the pagans, because our Father knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 6:7-8).

The question is, then, why pray? The answer is simple and comforting.

God has graciously chosen to give us the privilege of being His partners in both the physical and spiritual areas of life. Through prayer we work with Him in defeating the powers of evil and in bringing about the fulfillment of His loving purposes in the world. Partners with God—what a privilege! What an incentive to pray! —Herb Vander Lugt
Although God knows our every need,
His work He wants to share;
He takes us into partnership
By calling us to prayer. —D. De Haan

God’s work is done by those who pray.