The Main Thing!

It is easy to lose focus and before we know it, we forget what is really important. We get distracted and tend to miss out on what really matters. We can seem to figure out why our life is not working the way we know it could and should.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing! Sounds simple enough, but the truth is that this ends up being one of the biggest battles of our earthly existence. Just a couple of weeks ago, most of us were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We know that it’s a big deal, because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, so that we could be forgiven and restored to a right relationship with God our Creator. Jesus was buried in a grave, but Jesus did not stay dead. Through the resurrection power of God, Jesus was raised from the dead, defeating sin and death. The same resurrection power that bought our salvation, restoration, redemption. Is the same power that enables us to live a victorious life here and now.

Resurrection Is Life! We were created for blessing and victory. The battle is putting the old self to death and the only way that ordinary you and me can accomplish that extraordinary task is by allowing the resurrection power of God that flows through Jesus to flow into and through our life and living, so that we can put to death the flesh and come alive to the Spirit.

It’s a classic FLESH VS. SPIRIT battle! God does not just save us, so that we can miss hell and go to Heaven. God saves us, so that we can immediately begin to live in a relationship of love, power and victory with Him. A relationship that makes the impossible, possible. A relationship that allows ordinary you and me to do extraordinary things to be a blessing to others and give glory to God.

Stop letting life distract you and keep the main thing the main thing by focusing on and growing your relationship with God through Jesus and the filling of the Holy Spirit…

    1. The next step is getting out of the way of the new self!

    Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes!

    We live in a world where most everyone likes to complain, but very few really want to do anything to make a difference. The problem is that complaining very rarely changes anything meaningful, except for most folks attitude and it tends to make attitudes worse, rather than better. Change is actually a natural part of life and it’s going to happen one way or another. The seasons change from spring to summer, from summer to fall, from fall to winter and then from winter back to spring. Change is a pretty simple concept: In order to experience change, something or someone has to change. Change generates change…

    The Scriptures teach us about change. In fact, one might say that the Scriptures are a guidebook to assist us in making and experiencing the most meaningful change. Jesus began his earthly ministry with a message of change, when he said: “Repent, for the Kingdom Of Heaven is at hand!” Jesus was challenging us to change before it’s too late and change isn’t possible. Repentance is the spiritual word for change and it literally means to change direction! It carries with it the idea of acknowledging that you are headed in the wrong direction and doing a u turn to head away from the wrong and into the right. This is the best change we could ever make and it is a changing that continues to challenge and change us everyday of our life and living.

    Jesus did not come to give us rules. Jesus came to set people free! When Jesus challenges us to change, it is so we might be able to tap into the supernatural power that allows us to experience meaningful change that make life better and more pleasurable. Life is supposed to be and opportunity for growth, where we are blessed to bless. God blesses us, so that we can bless one another and in the process, God gets the glory for the amazing work He does on us, in us, to us and through us.

    Please understand: You were created to dominate, not to be dominated. Do you ever feel like you are just getting run over by the world? That’s not the way God created you to live. God wants this life to be a growing experience of blessing. A life where we receive His best and share His best. In order to change, you have to change. What are the changes that God is challenging you to make in your life and what are you doing to make them happen? I will make you this promise: If you do your part, God will do His!

    The Battle Rages!

    Some days are just harder than others. I am a Pastor/Preacher, I am supposed to be close to God, I’m the one that is supposed to hold it all together while it’s all falling apart for everyone else. In reality, I am just like you – a soul living, existing, learning and sometimes just getting by in the flesh.

    There are days that I feel like I am at my limit, like I can’t go on. My flesh has convinced me that there is a line and if I cross it, then I am not going to be able to go on, but my spirit tells me a different story and so the war rages on.

    As I read through my Bible, I see this same war all through it’s pages. From the very beginning of human history, there has been a battle between good and evil, the spirit and the flesh, God and Satan. This war began even before all of this as we know it today.

    One of God’s Angels that were created by God to serve His purposes, became proud and made the choice to become his own god, rather than to worship and serve the One True God.

    12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
    How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart:‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. -Isaiah 14:12-15

    One third of the angels sided with Satan and decided to declare war on God and they became an army devoted to destroying God’s Kingdom. This rebellion culminated into a great battle against God and Satan and his demons were kicked out of Heaven.

    Their rebellion culminated in a great battle against God and His holy angels. Satan and his demons lost and were kicked out of heaven. And now the battle is here on earth, where we live a spiritual beings in human bodies and are in the fight of our life.

    The Scriptures tell us that God has come that we might have life and life more abundant, but the enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy. The battles we face every day of lives are a result of Satan and his pride. One of his greatest tricks is to distract us from what the battle is about and who the real enemy is, but we do not have to give into his lies and tricks, because God gave us JESUS and JESUS has set us free from Satan and his limited power.

    Amazed By Grace!

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