The next time you feel overwhelmed by sickness, challenges or despair, remember, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you. You may have been burdened by an addiction, fear or worry, but there’s nothing that can stand against the power of God. Rise up and declare by faith, “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. I am restored and healed in the name of Jesus!” As you rise up in faith and declare the Word of God, you are activating His power within you—the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!
A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for filling me with Your power by the Holy Spirit. I choose to feed my faith by declaring Your Word over my life so that I can partake of the life You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today let me reassure you that God knows right where you are, and He knows how to get you to where you need to be. Even when things don’t go the way you planned, His hand is on you. Do not be afraid. Trust that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf, and that He will lead you into the life of blessing that He has prepared for you.
“…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NIV)
Sometimes when God is doing a work in our lives, it can begin to feel a little uncomfortable. We may encounter people who are hard to get along with or have circumstances that seem beyond our control. When this happens, instead of complaining, getting sour or trying to change everything around you, why don’t you look deep inside and say, “Lord, thank You for doing a work in me.” See, I’ve learned that God is more interested in changing me than He is in changing my circumstances. If I choose to stay sour because I’m not getting my way or discouraged because things aren’t happening on my time table, that’s going to keep me right where I am.
If you want to see change, if you want to see God open up new doors, the key is to bloom right where you’re planted. You can’t wait until everything gets better before you decide to have a good attitude. You have to be the best that you can be right where you are. When you bloom where you’re planted, you’re allowing God to work in you, and He will be faithful to complete what He’s started in you!
18 Aug 2013 - Today, pt 2 with P.Ryan
As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:1, 2 NLT)
1. Gods greatness isn’t determined by how bad our yesterday’s were or how our tomorrows will be
2. You are longer bound by what you did, but are defined by what gods plan is for your life today
We are no longer sinners, we are saints that occasionally sin
We aren’t defined by our sins
God sees us as who we are with him, not who we were without him
He defines us; our identity is with Him, not this world
There’s a lot of things we have to do today but we procrastinate
God calls us to do something, but we wait (till we have more money, are more prepared, wait for our spouse to be called to that as well)
We treat our relationship with God like a road trip:
We take a lot of pit stops, detours, layovers, etc instead of going from point A to point B
There are a lot of things God wants us to do today
The Lord replied, “Listen, I am making a covenant with you in the presence of all your people. I will perform miracles that have never been performed anywhere in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people around you will see the power of the Lord —the awesome power I will display for you. But listen carefully to everything I command you today. Then I will go ahead of you and drive out the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. “Be very careful never to make a treaty with the people who live in the land where you are going. If you do, you will follow their evil ways and be trapped. Instead, you must break down their pagan altars, smash their sacred pillars, and cut down their Asherah poles. You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. (Exodus 34:10-14 NLT)
If we want our enemies to be defeated tomorrow, we must be obedient to Him today
Sometimes we want to sit back and let God defeat our enemies for us
Treaties of today: sex before marriage, living together before marriage, drinking, etc.
We have to stop saying some things are okay when they are not
Our obedience will precede His plan today
Ron’s word: “I am The Lord your god, I open doors no man can shut. It is up to you to walk through those doors…Today is the day, your blessing begins with obedience.”
Moses continued, “Then the Lord said, ‘Now get moving! Cross the Arnon Gorge. Look, I will hand over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and I will give you his land. Attack him and begin to occupy the land. Beginning today I will make people throughout the earth terrified because of you. When they hear reports about you, they will tremble with dread and fear.’” (Deuteronomy 2:24, 25 NLT)
Living out today requires that we get moving
The first step is the hardest
He will not transport us from where we are to where we want to be
“God will often use the journey to strengthen us and prepare us for the destination.”-me
MOTION BRINGS CLARITY
Our God is a God of movement
We can’t do the same thing we do every day and expect others to see God in us
We let the shame of our past condemn us and keep us from being obedient to what God calls us to do
We have to access today in order to fulfill our dreams in the future
We aren’t going to reach our goals if we do yesterday’s work today
We aren’t going to reach our goals if we focus only on the future and where we want to be
Be strong and courageous… for God is with you!
2/12/2012 - The Great Joy pt 2 with P.Ryan
• Gods plan is for us all to work together
• not just people who are credentialed, pastors, perfect Christians
• He calls the broken to reach the broken
• Simply listening to the pastor won’t bring you joy
• Making Jesus a priority and putting him in your life will bring you joy
• Joy isn’t bout circumstances, situations, how you feel
• It’s about putting your trust in Him
• Jesus = Great Joy! Share Him!
• Luke 2:1-20
• First thing the shepherds did when they saw Jesus was run to tell everyone about Him
• Is that the first thing we do on Christmas?
• They didn’t just take off running, they began to worship and glorify God
• They put their lives on hold to share Jesus
• We only make Him our priority when it’s convenient or when we need him
5/12/2012 - Leadership (Recognizing Jesus) with P. Thad
When you receive a revelation, your life changes and you will have great joy
There is NO difference between student and adult ministries
The same adults grow up with the same problems they had when they were young
We get so hungry for the “big thing” that we miss seeing Jesus
We expect Jesus to do awesome things in a big scene (revival, hundreds of people getting saved)
Luke 2:12 - the sign of The Messiah is a baby in a manger (lowly, poor, unexpected)
We always expect miracles, but Jesus shows up in small happenings (still small voice)
We have to quiet ourselves down in order to hear the still small voice
How do we recognize Jesus?
1. We have to know his voice
Follow him, be in motion
When a sheep wanders off, the shepherd finds it and breaks its legs. The shepherd then carries the sheep around and takes care of it until the leg mends itself. Then the sheep will know the shepherds voice and not wander
When we wander, sometimes God has to break our spiritual leg (hardships)
2. Spend time with Jesus
He can’t tell you anything if you won’t listen
We need more worship music than any!
Not Christian music, worship!
We need daily worship time!
30/12/2012 - Confidence with P.Ryan
1 Samuel 15:10-23
confidence = obedience to God
Moses’ fear and intimidation was greater than his confidence in God
+He didn’t get to share in the promise land because of it
10 of the 12 spies didn’t put their trust in God, look what happened!
God never changes! HIs promises never change!
the bigger our problems are, the bigger our God is, and the bigger the miracle He’ll do
If we aren’t obedient, we will experience fear and intimidation in that area of our lives
+If we don’t tithe obediently, we will be scared that we wont be able to make ends meet
We have to be greedy! We have to want to be apart of God’s promises for our family, church, community, etc.
+Don’t wait 40 years to see His promise happen
6/1/2013 - Prayer with P.Ryan
there is no formula to prayer
there is no specific thing to say in order for your prayer to get answered
you don’t have to pray like the pastor, or like Paul
make it personal
amen = so be it, we are in agreement
prayer is involved with anything great in the Bible
reading the Bible will never truly come alive unless you are having a one on one with God
1. God already knows
“…Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him”
we never inform God!
we need to be active!
“what do I need to do so that you have an active role in this situation?”
do I need to fast, get on my hands and knees, worship, tithe?
don’t pray unless you are willing to be apart of the solution
2. Praying with faith
“…You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it”
faith is confidence in who you are, who God is and what he is capable of
true prayers of faith mean we are relying on God’s power and ability, not our words
that’s why speaking in tongues is so amazing; we don’t know what we’re saying, but it’s so powerful
we could say the same prayer and it can still be powerful
3. Don’t stop praying
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“…Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
we need to make prayer a lifestyle
pray everywhere you go
you don’t have to bow your head, close your eyes, etc.
just talk to God!
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results…”
our prayers become more powerful when we decide to be apart of the solution
just complaining to God isn’t going to fix everything
20/1/2013 - Perspective with P.Ryan
Paul had all the knowledge: he knew the Bible, law, scriptures
His perspective is what changed
When you allow the power of Jesus to dwell in us, our perspective changes
We if we look at what’s in front of us, we’ll get fearful, discouraged
But if we look up, our entire perspective changes
We need the sight that only Jesus can give us
We have to walk with Him, day by day. It isn’t an instant process
1 Samuel 14:6
“…Perhaps The Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder The Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!”
1 Samuel 14:12
Jonathan didn’t see that hill as a hill (obstacle); he saw it as a ramp (opportunity)
Don’t look at yourself, at your circumstances and feel sorry for yourself; look up at God
God has never been into the sorry-for-myself mentality
Humble doesn’t mean you are defeated or pity yourself
There will be down days, we are only human
The longer you walk with God, the more it becomes who you are instead of just an attitude
Sometimes we think of God as what he saved us from (our deliverer) and we need to focus instead on what he has in store for us (our savior)
Our armies may not last forever, but God does
3/2/2013 - Boldness with P.Ryan
Your personality doesn’t dictate how God uses you
Boldness isn’t an act, its an attitude
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Bold is a noun, not an adjective or verb
Boldness comes with who we are when we receive Christ
It’s about who we believe in, not our abilities or weaknesses
Based on who He is inside us
We can’t allow the view of Jesus to be small, and still be bold
Boldness of this world offends people, God’s boldness doesn’t
We must hold firmly to God to get that boldness
To hold firmly is to go to Him FIRST!
Everything else will fail us, fade away
There’s death, weakness, selfishness
We aren’t limited by our abilities, our portfolio
Society today is all about hiding our weaknesses and our vulnerability
Businesses that show their vulnerability, their truth, will thrive
Christians that show their vulnerability will be blessed
Christians that accept their flaws will become stronger
If we keep hiding stuff away and stuffing stuff away, it’ll be that much harder for Him to reach us
DON’T BE A SPIRITUAL HOARDER!
We have to clean up our act
Vulnerability brings honesty, trust, unity, and boldness!
His grace is bigger than our sin and our weaknesses
Because of that, we should come boldly to His throne!
We are worthy because of Him
Mercy = not getting what we deserve
Grace = getting things we don’t deserve
10/2/2013 - Relationships with P. Thad
you can’t love anybody until you love everybody!
1. Where your friends go, you go
“walk with the wise, and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble”
you don’t have to be identical, you just have to have the same values
when you need someone to help you through a situation, they’ll give secular advice
associate with people who love God
fool = use advice “if I were you…”
2. always tell the truth
no room for lies in relationships
3. always be selfless
selfishness = loneliness
constantly looking for what THEY can get out of a relationship
4. always communicate
don’t pray and read the bible because you feel like you have to
communicate with god!
as your relationship grows and you come closer to God, then you’ll want to pray and read the bible more!