Vulnerability: The Portal of Grace

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When I first started out playing soccer, I was a defensive player. The main reason I was playing in the defensive position was because I hated loosing. I would literally sacrifice my body, risking injury and pain in an effort to not lose a game. I did suffer injury on  many occasions, but it did not concern me.

As time went on I shifted my game to the middle field. This allowed me greater latitude to move forward in the offensive position and to move backwards in the defensive position, playing a safer game.

Eventually I shifted my thinking and position to offense, so that I could score goals. One thing I learned on the soccer field, as well as in life, is you will never be able to achieve your goal unless it’s well defined and you purposely move closer to it.

In soccer, as well as in life, the goal is always stationary. However, circumstances surrounding your goal always change. Our thinking should always shift to adapt to changing circumstances in order to meet our goal.

If we could apply the same amount of energy we use to shield our vulnerability, to go after the goals we have set for ourselves, we will be able to achieve them.

In II Corinthians 12:9-10, the Bible says “And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Defensiveness with all its immediate benefits prevents us from moving forward and eventually prevents us from meeting our goals. When we make ourselves vulnerable God has easy access to pour His grace in us. His grace is sufficient for us.

It was only by God’s grace that Paul could say; “for when I am week, then I am strong.” God’s grace is all we need to meet our goals. Paul was able to accomplish so much in his life under very tough circumstances because of the grace of God that rested upon him.

This grace is available for you right now. Will you allow the Lord Jesus access to your heart right now and see how every dead situation in your life is brought back to life? Will you?

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Self Control: The Power Within

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He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. – Proverbs 21:23

You can deliver yourself from the snares/lusts of this life by practicing self-control.  Self-control is the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.

“How do I do that?”,  well I’m glad you asked. In 1 John 4:4 it says, “You, dear children, are from God and have over come them, because the one who lives in you is greater than the one who is in the world”.

The Holy Spirit, which lives in us, empowers us to resist any temptation/lust of the world if we yield to Him.

Apostle Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica on how they should live, “that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;” (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5).

Paul, was telling them to live in a way that please God. One way to please God with our life is to practice self-control. Self-control is achieved when we deny ourselves those things which do not promote the goodness of God.

Self-control, is when you bite your tongue and say, “I WILL NOT RESPOND”, “I WILL NOT DO THAT”, “I WILL NOT MAKE A COMMENT”, “I WILL PASS ON THAT ONE”.

Let’s practice applying the brakes on our fleshly desires.

Goodness: A Fruit of the Holy Spirit

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

Goodness is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the quality or state of being good or the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something.”

The only perfect example of goodness we have as believers is the goodness of God. In Psalms 145:8-9 it tells us that, “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”

God has compassion on all He has made and “all” He has made includes you and I. We are not healed by chance or even because we ask.  We are healed, delivered from strongholds and saved because God is good and His mercy endures forever. God’s plan and thoughts concerning us are good according to Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”

Today I want to examine how we can display God’s goodness in our daily life.

Jesus, gave us two commandments to observe, which can be found in Luke 10:27:

So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’

These two commandments serve as our guide in our daily life. Even if someone treats us badly, we are called to love them. The Bible says in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

This a sure way to defeat your enemies.  Jesus says in John 13:15, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul, tells the Church in Corinth to, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” Essentially he tells them to follow his example, as he follows the example of Christ.

Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

Let us imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because we are His dear children.

The Importance of Prayer

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NeverStopPrayingSatan trembles when he sees even the weakest Christian on their knees praying. He knows that there is power in prayer and what happens when our natural connects with the super natural. He knows that he is exposed for who he really is, a liar and a manipulator. With prayer we are able to escape his snares and all his traps with the Spirit of God upon our lives.

Do you pray on a daily basis? Prayer is our life line to God. It connects us spiritually with Him.  Prayer refreshes our soul and it renews our spirit. You might be saying right now, I don’t know what to pray for, I don’t know how to pray, I don’t have time, the list is endless. The Bible commands us to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).

What does this really mean? It simply means to stay in the spirit of prayer everywhere you are, acknowledging God.

God considers prayer very important. If you don’t know how to pray, the Bible teaches us in Romans 8:26, that “the Spirit (Holy Spirit) Himself intercedes for us with groaning”. What this means is when you don’t know what to say the Holy Spirit will pray (intercede) for you.

The more we spend time meditating on the Word of God, the better we will become at praying.

If you don’t know how to start, you can join me on Monday through Friday 6:30am -7:00am (EDT) on the Experience Church International, PrayUp Movement morning conference call.

Call Number: (712) 775-7031
Meeting ID: 140-144-955

I promise this will brighten your day and you will be blessed!