EAT THIS!!!

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2 Timothy 4:3-5The Message (MSG)

3-5 You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.

There is NO MORE I can add to this!!!! Read it, study it, eat it, know it, love it and LIVE IT!!!

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

 

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Walking your Talk…

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“Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ‘Lord’; but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” – Mark 7:21

In this verse Jesus challenges people at the very center of their faith. Anyone can “act” religious or say spiritual things, but have a void in their hearts towards developing a deep relationship with God. Having intimacy with God means that our thoughts, actions, prayers and attitudes are in alignment with His plan for our lives. Wow that is a real challenge for all of us.

A person who doesn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus may be able to say all the right things but lack the faith to live a Christ-centered life. The writers of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) emphasize Christ’s teachings related to hypocrisy. In Matthew Chapter 23 we read about the hypocrisy associated with the Pharisees and Sadducees. In Mark 3 we see Christ challenging other religious minded leaders about their hypocrisy and “hard-heartedness” regarding the healing of the sick during the Sabbath.

Continually Christ reminds us “our walk should match our talk”. An engraving on a cathedral wall in Germany bears these soul-searching words:

Thus speaketh Christ our Lord to us:
“You call me Master and obey me not;
You call me light and see me not;
Your call me the Way and walk with me not;
You call me life and live me not;
You call me wise and follow me not;
You call me fair and love me not;
You call me rich and ask me not;
You call me eternal and seek me not;
If I condemn you, blame me not.”

The more we learn about what God has done for us, the more we will want to know what we can do for Him. In addition, our motives will come from a pure heart, not from selfish ambition, guilt, or some church tradition. God is looking for genuine believers whose walk matches their talk. Let’s not say we love and then show disrespect to others. Let’s not say we care and then not show acts of kindness. Let’s not preach tolerance and then lack patience when dealing with complicated issues. Let’s not judge unless we want to be judged. Let’s try and keep His word central to our problem solving and relationships.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!

Just Humble Yourself and ask….

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Grace often comes as a surprise when we are least expecting it. There was a woman who went to draw water at a well.  It was around noon…the hottest part of the day. She wasn’t looking for anything, just going about her day, doing her duty as she always had.  She had no idea someone was waiting for her. She could not have guessed the surprise she was about to encounter.

“Draw me water,” Jesus asked.  He had been sitting there, tired and thirsty from his day of traveling.

Shocked and a bit startled, she wondered how he could ask this of her?  She was a woman, and a Samaritan woman whom the Jews despised. Asking for water would make him ceremonially unclean.

Jesus told her that he could give her “living water” so that she would never thirst again.  He baffled her once more. Jesus then revealed she had had five husbands and was living with one whom she was not married to.  He caught her attention a third time.

GRACE

Grace was waiting for her that day.  Grace was sitting there, eager to give her a glimpse, a taste of something beyond her circumstances.  Grace wanted to encounter her in a way only it could… to touch her beyond her physical needs and heal her eternally.

Perhaps Jesus knew there was a longing in her heart that she hadn’t yet expressed. She needed redemption; someone to rescue her from the turmoil of her life.  We know she was touched in a powerful way because the accounts show that because of her story, many Samaritans came to believe in Jesus as their Savior.

Where do you need to see grace today? Grace is available to YOU TODAY!!!! Just open your heart, humble yourself, and ask.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today…

Saul —–> Paul

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As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.

And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. ACTS 9:3-9

This is an incredible story that most of us know, but I want to take a few moments to take a look at it and pull out just a couple things.

In verse 3 Saul had no idea what was about to happen to him. God knows us, He has purpose for our lives, even if WE DO NOT SEE IT. The last thing on Saul’s mind was God in fact he was on the road to stop Philip from preaching about Jesus. God did what He had to do to get Saul’s attention. Can you even imagine a “flash of light” around you and then hear a voice speaking to you (after you hit the ground)?

The men with Saul heard the voice but did not see anyone!! What a scene that must have been. Saul knew who it was in fact he asked “Who are you Lord?” They had a conversation, well a one sided conversation!

Here is the main thing I want to pull out…

“And he was three days with out sight, and neither ate nor drank”

What took place during those three days? We don’t really know except this — his life was radically transformed!!! God will go to great lengths to reach you and I, do whatever it takes, but Saul still had a choice, he could have walked away, he could have refused to listen, he could have pretended to be involved and then lived his life as he chose. But he didn’t… why? I am convinced that if we actually get a glimpse of Jesus, just ONE SECOND it will change our lives forever!!!

My word for today….. IF you are struggling with your faith, your commitment, if you need to SEE HIS FACE get alone with him do what ever it takes to connect. Be blind to what is going on around you, turn off all MEDIA, turn off TV, and turn off people and the last thing is FAST!!! Not a partial fast but a full blown fast. And my friends this is possible of anyone to do…. married, children, job whatever there is a WAY if you want it bad enough. Saul fasted and turned off for 3 days and he emerged as Paul. Paul one of the greatest hero’s of the faith, wrote most of the NT and still 2,000 years later his words hold incredible power!!!

I want to recommend a book to you to read. “FASTING” by Jentezen Franklin — this book changed my life. A great read. Time is short, our family is a stake, things in the world are changing fast and prophecy is unfolding right before our eyes!!! Are you ready?

Now go out and have an EPIC day today.

Be CLEAN

03-09 Hidden Sin

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Last year after considerable rainfall, I noticed that two gutters were overflowing with water.  It became apparent the drainpipe wasn’t the problem but the drains themselves. Further investigation with a rod showed that the drain lines themselves were clogged.  After some digging and a visit from someone called I hired the drains once again flowed properly.

It is amazing how a little root can leverage its way into a drain. Over time it begins to grow, trapping small particles of dirt and other debris. What seems so faultless can become a major disruption to a normal system. If left unchecked this problem could have triggered an erosion problem that might have caused our house great damage.

It caused me to think about the effects of sin in our lives. Daily we struggle with those little annoyances and temptations that can begin to accumulate into a major problem. It’s those little exaggerations that can lead to half-truths, which then lead to outright lies. Perhaps it is that off-colored joke that then leads to inappropriate comments to members of the opposite sex, which can become flirting and so on.

Our lives daily get clogged with roots of disobedience that trap particles of sin. According to scripture we need the Holy Spirit and a touch of the Good News to help cleanse our minds and hearts from the daily sin that life can bring. It is wonderful that God’s grace has already been provided. We need to just ask Him for the forgiveness and guidance.

Jesus came to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). None of us are without sin (dirt and roots); we are all clogged drains to some degree (John 8:7). Because of God ‘s grace, sin need not be our master (Romans 6:14).

Aren’t you glad that our “clogged drains” don’t require any special and expensive service call, we don’t have to hire anyone? The amazing grace God provides is free and available to each of us anytime day or night.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today — living FREE

Light Warriors

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One of the greatest blessings is to encourage, inspire, and equip people like you who are disciple-makers.  I’m convinced that most, if not all, the biblical prophecies associated with Christ’s return have been fulfilled.  That fact suggests to me that all believers have a responsibility to share our story and God’s Word with those people He puts in our path.  In these End Times we need to go public with our faith.

Maybe some of these thoughts will help equip you to be that messenger who can be used by the Holy Spirit to help transform a person’s life. The Apostle Paul in writing to the believers in Rome said this: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:13-14

In The Message, he gives us a good understanding as to how Jesus used the illustration in Matthew 5 about Salt and Light to talk about our role in personal evangelism.

SALT AND LIGHT

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Scripture is very clear about going public with our faith.  Discipleship is a relational process that requires people to become actively involved in their faith.  Evangelism is not just for dramatic believers, gifted orators, ordained clergy, or international missionaries.  It is for everyone who proclaims to know Jesus.  The Great Commission found in Matthew 28 – “Go Make Disciples”- was a command to each person who calls themselves a child of God.  The encouragement we receive from God’s Word helps equip us for the mission:

  • Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
  • Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.””
  • 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
  • Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
  • Mark 16:15 This is a command “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.”

The key to sharing your faith is to be available.  Why not look for opportunities this day to proclaim your allegiance to Christ.  You can do it!  You need not be pushy or a zealot.  All you have to do is to tell people what your life was like before Christ and after Christ. “I was blind and now I see….I was dead and now I’m alive”

NOW GO OUT and HAVE AN EPIC DAY!!!

He accepts you as you are!!

Answering the Call

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

In the original relationship between man and God we see that there’s a force, Satan, who hates healthy relationship in life with God and his mission is to destroy that relationship. How does he do it? Through fear. His script is still the same as it was in the garden, if you listen to God you’re going to miss out. That created a perceived loss in Adam and Eve which led them to think and act on that fear. Fear opens the door to the enemy. We have to fight the lies in our relationships with God and people and not let fear come in and destroy the relationship. It’s important to feed our faith in the people that we are connected to. And, we have to feed our faith in God.

 

If half the battle is recognizing the motives and intentions of God toward you, His person, His plan, and His promises, then half the battle is coming into an awareness of who He is, how He feels about you and how He performs.
The difference of the law of Old Testament and the grace of the New Testament is running from the fear of failure to the motivation of His love and acceptance towards you. Don’t buy Satan’s lie. God totally accepts you, sins and all.

Now go out and have an EPIC day today