Perspective!

Perspective is how you view something, someone or a situation. You can have a change in perspective by moving and looking from another direction. This takes work and is not simple adding more information. But physically or mentally shifting your position on many things to impact your perspective on one thing.

I believe that one of the largest hurdles for people is to simply trusting God in all things. In most cases this creates a perspective problem. Trusting God involves much more than just simply remembering a Bible verse (s). It’s allowing God, through His Word and the circumstances of life, to shift your perspective. Not just your perspective on one small event, moment or problem in your life, but on your whole life. Once you see something one way it becomes very difficult to unsee.

A change in perspective requires nothing more than a simple shift. When we shift our perspective from holding life tighter we enable ourselves to live life with open hands and this leads to trust in God and worship.

Additionally, we must also consider shifting our perspective from that of a microwave to a crockpot. Contrary to this instantaneous driven world we live in, growth takes time and you can’t rush it!

I know some of you maybe shock to hear this but, we should also consider shifting from trying to understand God’s perspective with fully understanding our perspective. There is a human perspective and a God perspective. It is not our Job to have God’s perspective. It is our job to trust and worship God.

Still struggling with this disposition? I invite you to read or re-read the 33 chapters in the book of Job. The reason God asked Job all of those questions was to show him, that he cannot understand why God does what He does. But He does it because He is God. Job never got to know why. All he got to know was in the end, God knew exactly what He was doing.

As we go through life, as we live life with others. We can look at Bible verses and we can try and live them. We can raddel them off for others going through a time where things don’t make sense. But let’s be honest, sometimes information alone is not enough. We may need a perspective shift. Going from God change my circumstances to God change me. At the end of the day, the shift in your perspective does not change what is happening, it simply changes how you see it.

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Stronger Than You Think!

Christopher Robin said, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!” We can certainly learn a lot from a cartoon bear!

I know that certain situations and circumstances can knock the wind out of our sails however in times when that happens we must continue fighting the good fight of faith. I know it’s hard, but it’s doable. Victor Hugo once said, “People do not lack strength; they lack will.”

I’ve learned that God’s will is best defined as the actions taken or words spoken based on love, selflessness, honesty and purity. Whereas, self-will is the action taken or words spoken with the ego and the determination to have one’s way, to get what is most desired and at times no matter what the cost.

Praying to God and then listening to God are the two windshield wipers that removes the obscurity in discerning the differences between the two wills. Most of us have no problem talking to God, but with the barrage of competing thoughts clamoring for our attention clearly listening to God for his direction can be a bit of a challenge.

Furthermore, though we may talk with God often, we may not be opening our ears to hear His answers and guidance. When you are finished praying, don’t quickly turn on the loud movie you were watching or immediately climb into bed for the night. Take time to stop, look, and listen for God’s answers to your prayers. Make sure you listen as much as you speak with Him because as you know communication goes both ways.

If I were to re-word Hugo’s quote it would read, “People do not lack strength; they lack faith and clarity.” My brothers and sisters, we find our true strength whenever our self-will aligns or subordinate with God’s will, plan and purpose for our lives. It behooves to live out the words spoken by John, the Baptist in John 3:30, “He must increase; I must decrease.” Make no mistake, the depth of our strength is grounded in our faith and spiritual discernment!

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Prayer Is Our Weapon To Win!

Father God, in a time when so much has been taken away from so many people, You never once abandoned any of us! You may not have delivered us from the entire impact of adversity, but one thing is certain; it was You that mitigated it’s sting and for that we are extremely grateful!

Father God, we stand before Your throne room of grace beaten, tattered, and worn just to say thank You because of Your unending provisions we are still standing!! Despite the various world wide shortages You continue to provide food in abundance and protection under the shelter of Your wings. You always grant us rest and renew our strength to continue fighting! You effortlessly guide us along the right paths so that You can restore our souls. Even though we are constantly confronted with potential danger, Your presence is always close beside, in front, and behind us like an impenetrable shield.

Father God, when we truly reflect back over all You brought us through, one thing is certain; we lacked nothing. Your goodness and unfailing love relentlessly chased after us and kept us from catastrophic hurt, harm, and danger and for that O’God we say Thank You in the matchless and all providing name of Jesus, Amen and amen!!

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Humility Wins!

Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.”

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No One Left Behind (NOLB)

Former President Bush signed, The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (“NCLB”) into law on January 8, 2002 with overwhelming bipartisan support. In a nutshell, NCLB was the product of a collaboration between civil rights and business groups, as well as both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill and the Bush administration, which sought to advance American competitiveness and close the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more advantaged peers.

I’m not going to delve into the various pros and cons of this piece of legislation because in 2015 the NCLB act was succeeded by a new law called Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”).

I believe the principles of both of these acts were grounded in the foundation that Jesus built nearly 2,000 years ago.

In Luke 15:3-7, Jesus shared the parable of the lost sheep. He said, “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

I believe this fable helped to influence both the former NCLB and the now current ESSA! God doesn’t want anyone of His children to be left behind. 2 Peter 3:9 confirms, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep to show that the Kingdom of God is accessible to all, even those who were sinners or strayed from God’s path. Jesus stresses that when the shepherd finds the lost sheep He rejoices over it more than the 99 who did not go astray.

The reason why we are here on this planet in a time such as this is to do our part fulfilling the great commission (Matt 28:20). No ONE should be left behind and this declaratory statement is what fuels my purpose to make it to heaven and to take as many “ONES” with me!

Will you join me?

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Amazing Grace!

No Cap: Jesus made me, He saved me, He sustains me, and He keeps me. No matter how many times I mess up, I still belong to Him. He keeps me safe in the palm of His hands. I do not have to worry about my future, because I know what Jesus started in me will be brought to perfect completion (Phil 1:6). When life is hard and things are difficult, Jesus promised to never leave my side (Hebrews 13:5). Though family and friends abandon me, Jesus is still there (Pslam 34:18). Knowing Jesus, gives me the best of both this life and the life to come (John 11:25). With Jesus there is joy, hope, peace, purpose, and life more abundantly (John 10:10). He is everything to me. This is why I don’t think I’m better than anyone! I’m just extremely grateful that Jesus chose to save a sinner like me!
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Faith and Works!

The words written in the meme below is on point on so
many levels! Too often, we forget that faith is more than words; it words and works combined. Mistakenly, James 2:14–26 is sometimes taken out of context in an attempt to create a works-based system of righteousness, but that is contrary to many other passages of Scripture. James is not saying that our works make us righteous before God but that real saving faith is demonstrated by good works. Works are not the cause of salvation; works are the evidence of salvation. Faith in Christ always results in good works.

We must hold strong to our faith because it is the very thing that leads us towards the things we hope for. It’s the thing that keeps us moving forward, even if that movement seems slow and uneventful. It’s of no coincidence that faith is designed to always spur us on to obedience in Christ and to become more like Him. Essentially, this is the “evidence of things that we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1).

In most cases, God will never do what we can do, but He will always do what we can’t do! Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that, “it’s impossible for us to please God without faith” and pleasing God happens when we have faith and apply it with action. Our walk of faith is a lifelong journey, and there’s two things that I know about it without a shadow of a doubt. The first is that no one else can run our personal race of faith. The second is that truly walking by faith and not by sight produces present and eternal fruit, all of which pleases God and brings him glory.

Brothers and sisters, it’s now time to dig that hole!

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Let God Use You!

God wants to use you for greater works!! It doesn’t matter if your 12 or 99 years old. God designed, purposed and equipped you to help build His kingdom here on earth!

With that said, why do so many people think that God can’t or won’t use them? There are a plethora of reasons people is to justify being an inactive Christian, but I believe the number one reason is that most people think God don’t wants to use them because of their imperfections.

Most of us have seen the meme where it lists a few imperfect people God used to do great things: “Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson had long hair and was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David was an adulterer and a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, John the Baptist ate bugs, Peter denied Christ, The disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once), Zaccheus was too small, Paul was too religious, Timothy had an ulcer, Lazarus was dead!”

I could in my message right there but, I personally submit to you that my own past and present failures have caused me to shrink back from doing anything significant. Much less acting on a bold plan God assigned to me for His glory.

However, the Bible reminds me, the righteous can be as bold as lions (Proverbs 28:1). If you’re a believer, you’ve been made righteous. It’s not from your own works; it’s a gift of God (Eph 2:8). The good news is that you too can be bold because of Jesus’ righteousness!

My suggestion for anyone struggling with their kingdom calling is to accept their kingdom boldness in spite of any earthly shame. The shame can be replaced with a bold fire to be used by God.

Again, the good news is that God wants to use you! He wants to manifest His magnificent glory in and through your life to a hurting and dying world. You just have to remond yourself that your imperfections don’t disqualify your, rather they propel you to do greater works!

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While We Were Yet Sinners!

The caption in the meme below describes in a nutshell what Jesus sacrificed for us on the cross. Romans 5:8 reminds us that, “God demonstrated His [endless] love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Imagine for a moment; what if God did to us what we do to Him on a daily basis? I can assure you that it wouldn’t be pleasant. I believe this was one of the reasons Peter penned these words in I Peter 3:9, “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing [humility, forgiveness and grace]. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you His blessing.”

I don’t know about you, but for me personally, learning to extend grace toward others and forgive unconditionally has been one of the most important lessons for me to consistently embrace.

I will submit to you that God is still teaching me this lesson. I often fall short in my relationships and responsibilities with my family or co-workers. However, the Spirit of conviction quickly comes in and reminds me to humbly ask for their forgiveness.

Likewise I must be forgiving to my wife, children and fellow staff when they fail. In the role of a leader I have endured some very difficult experiences that could have led to holding a grudge or developing a root of bitterness. These truths of showing humility and extending forgiveness and grace to others and not harboring a root of bitterness have preserved and protected me.

So for me, the choice is transparently clear, and extremely serious. I am determined not to fall short of extending the same grace God shows me to others and as for you reading this message today; I invite you to never forget that Christ forgave you far beyond what you deserve, and He also forgive others in the same way.

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You Are God’s Masterpiece!

God uses your broken pieces and turns them into His masterpiece. God is the one who created you, therefore no matter how you feel or what you’ve been through, God can mold you back to your best piece. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

I am learning to embrace that brokenness is a blessing because it puts me back on the road breakthrough. Scripture promises that God remains with those who are broken and makes them stronger than before. In Isaiah 61:3, God promises to give those who mourn and are broken “a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair and in their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.”

So my beloved masterpieces, remember you’re not too __ (fill in your own blank) for God to love. Therefore, focus on the Artist and not the canvas! We were created in God’s image and we are indeed a piece of the Master!!


Father God, thank You for creating us in Your wonderful image and calling us Your masterpiece. Holy Spirit, please help us to live humbly, confidently, and boldly like the masterpieces You created us to be. Thank You for using all of our broken pieces and turning them into something beautiful! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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