You may feel burdened for a ministry that you’re not prepared for. You don’t feel comfortable in that role. Your ability or lack of it is pronounced and very obvious to all around. If so, you’re in good company. God only expects for you to be obedient, regardless of your comfort level. He’s got this. Rest in His power.
The assurance from His Word is that He’s going to overshadow our shortcomings and accomplish the outcome He desires if we follow His lead. Weakness only serves to underscore His power. We can rest, knowing that it’s nothing we can conjure up or manipulate. His Spirit will be at work.
If you think about it for even just a few moments, you might recall at least one time when you weren’t the best candidate or the best prepared or the most comfortable and yet God used you in your weakness. The power of the Holy Spirit made the difference, using you to accomplish His purpose.
Foundational Text: Philippians 3:12-14
Application Text: I Peter 2:9-10
We must accept the person we are in this moment and the way other people are, too. As time goes on, we continue to learn that things don’t always go as planned — actually, they pretty much never do. And that’s okay: If you become aware of yourself and your part of your relationships, they will improve; however, you may also have to accept facts about certain people in your life. Practice gratitude, appreciation, and trust in the process.
Previously Aired – June 20, 2019
Mine did back in April 2012!
It was a painful experience and lesson to learn. Why had I gone through and still going through the craziness within my world? I had taken my eyes off the prize. I had become sidetracked yet again by what others needed and wanted; how to make them happy and to build them again to my own detriment.
So God had to allow my bottom to fall out and I then had to realize that He is my source and the one I needed to please was Him and no one else.
Previously Aired: April 25, 2019
“I have been betrayed.” Everyone has uttered those words at one time or another in life.
Anyone who has been a leader in the Body of Christ for an extended period of time has experienced a major betrayal from someone close to them. The Bible makes it clear that if we follow Christ we will experience rejection and suffering. And we know of the betrayal Jesus Himself experienced.
If there were a binding contract to sign before entering ministry, the fine print would include: "The undersigned acknowledges that the ministry may be hazardous and subject the undersigned to expressions of animosity, including but not limited to calumny, slander, misrepresentation, and betrayal."
Being betrayed is so profoundly painful few can talk about it—yet if they do open up, they can't stop talking about what happened to them.
Previously Aired: April 18, 2019
If he can’t destroy you, he’ll distract you. If he can’t convince you to give up, he’ll divert your attention. If he can’t lead you to moral failure, he’ll get your focus misaligned. Distraction is one of the most effective tools of our enemy. (Previously Aired - May 30, 2019)
If he can’t destroy you, he’ll distract you. If he can’t convince you to give up, he’ll divert your attention. If he can’t lead you to moral failure, he’ll get your focus misaligned. Distraction is one of the most effective tools of our enemy. (Previously Aired - May 23, 2019)
If he can’t destroy you, he’ll distract you. If he can’t convince you to give up, he’ll divert your attention. If he can’t lead you to moral failure, he’ll get your focus misaligned. Distraction is one of the most effective tools of our enemy. (Previously Aired - May 16, 2019)
For a Christian, giving thanks is a response to the goodness and mercy of God. Additionally, it is a mark of obedience because we are commanded to give thanks. This is because God knows giving thanks is good for our relationship with Him and good for our wellbeing. Original Air Date 11/21/19
For a Christian, giving thanks is a response to the goodness and mercy of God. Additionally, it is a mark of obedience because we are commanded to give thanks. This is because God knows giving thanks is good for our relationship with Him and good for our wellbeing.
The heart is a mysterious spiritual reality that allows us to experience the fullness of life. It includes emotion, but the heart is not limited to emotion. According to Scripture, the heart can be grieved, troubled, broken, pierced, divided, and joyful. The heart is "the very core of life." Our heart is the truest expression of who we really are.
We serve a King who isn’t safe, but He’s good. When we pray, our prayers shouldn’t be safe; they should be good, big, and dangerous like God. We tend to come to God with our dirty laundry, or our laundry list of what He can do for us. What if we came asking what we could do for Him? That’d be dangerous.
Jeremiah 29:11 “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”What’s your relationship with resistance? How do you overcome resistance to stay true to yourself? Have you identified where the resistance is coming from? Have you learned to reject resistance.
Our words are very powerful. Apart from the redeeming work of Christ we will only do harm with our words. We need wisdom from above to use our words wisely. Our words also reveal the state of our hearts.
Godly words can revive, heal, and change our lives. Ungodly words have the power to bind, imprison, and destroy.
Creative words create. Destructive words destroy.
Hurtful words crush. Helpful words build up.
Toxic words poison. Soothing words heal.
Faith-filled words bring life. Faithless words bring death.
Have you been hurt? Chances are, you probably have. But it’s not okay to stay hurt. Because that’s unforgiveness, and it’s like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die – it’s eating your lunch. God doesn’t want you to hurt anymore! Forgiveness is the only way to cut the chain of hurt and bitterness so you can be free.
From time to time if you listen to the Holy Sprit He will ask you, "Where are you?" He is not asking for your physical location but rather where are you as it relates to your relationship with the Father. When He asks this it normally means you are out of position or you are starting to get out of position.
No is both the tool and the barrier by which we establish and maintain the distinct perimeter of the self. No says, "This is who I am; this is what I value; this is what I will and will not do; this is how I will choose to act." We love others, give to others, cooperate with others, and please others, but we are, always and at the core, distinct and separate selves. We need No to carve and support that space.
In a natural sense, we know that seasons change. There’s winter, spring, summer, and fall. And although I’m not about to get poetic on you, I simply want you to truly recognize that just like the natural seasons change, the same happens as it relates to seasons in our lives. Yet, the key to success in getting through any of them well, is first recognizing where you are.
This is my Give Thanks Playlist. This playlist is one that I use often especially when I am preparing dinners, or I just want to get my mind into a state of praise and thanksgiving.
Featured Artists: Micah Stampley, AARC Mass Choir, Bishop Eddie Long, Bruce Parham, Friendship Baptist church, Darius Brooks, Forever Jones, Wes Morgan and Bishop Larry Trotter.
Does your life represent a spirit of thankfulness?
Thankfulness is so much more than a comparison of our own situation to someone else’s. Thankfulness is so much more than having enough food to eat, a nice, warm home to live in, good health, or financial security, because each of those circumstances can be taken from us in an instant. Thankfulness, then, is a state of being and a way of life, and we usually fail to live in a state of thankfulness because we take it for granted.
Who likes waiting? We can’t stand waiting for water to boil. Or for a stop light to turn green. Or waiting for 30 seconds for something to warm up in the microwave? Who hates waiting on your spouse? The reality is, there are many of you who are waiting on God to do something.
No one likes to wait for what they want. We all long for instant gratification, but there is purpose in the waiting. If you are struggle with your waiting season, this is for you. Even if you feel like it's a waste of time it is not.
Do you fear what success looks like to you. Have you walked away from projects because you were worried about achieving the goals. This espisode will give you some tips on how to overcome that fear to be the best you possible.
Identifying Your Distractions - Are you trying to be productive and manage your resources? Are your trying to see what got you off course. These tips will help you Identify and mitigate your distractions.