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Here are three voices that can keep us distracted. Today, I want to share about the one voice that really matters. There is only one voice that matters for all of eternity. There is only one voice of approval that matters. There is only one voice of significance that matters. The Voice that matters most:

The Voice of our Father in Heaven.

Matthew 3:16-17 says,  “After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened & he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove & settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Before his public ministry. Before people were healed. Before the blind could see. Before thousands were fed on a hillside. Before the WORK, God reminded His Son and reminds us – we already have His affirmation.

We don’t work FOR His approval. We work FROM the approval we have already been given.

Before you win or lose, God has turned his face toward you and He is pleased.

When you know where to look and whose voice to listen to our lives become less complicated.

I have nothing to prove because I am already approved.

Never forget this – In Christ, WHO you are matters so much more than WHAT you do!

God’s Voice is so powerful that He literally only needed to SPEAK the world into existence. (Genesis 1)

God’s voice is also like a gentle whisper. (1 Kings 19:12-13) He gets close enough to us to have a relationship with His children.

God is always speaking. Will you take time to listen?

Revelation 3:20: “Look! I stand at the door & knock. If you hear MY VOICE & open the door, I will come in, & we will share a meal (communion) together as friends.

You already have His affirmation. Stop and take time to  LISTEN for what is already yours.

God is ALWAYS speaking. We rarely take time to LISTEN to His voice.

Where are you facing a dead end right now? Financial, emotional, relational? It may feel like a wall, but it’s not really a wall. It is a door.

God can see a path that you don’t know about!

Jesus said it best – “My sheep listen to my VOICE; I know them and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

 

Trust His VOICE & Follow His Way.

I challenged our staff at Elevate to join me in reading through the New Testament in 30 days.  It is intense and will take time.  You will approximately read 10-12 chapters a day. 

I thought it was important for us to completely saturate our minds and hearts in the Word of God as we start out this new year. 

You hear of physical challenges.  Why not do a spiritual challenge?   That is exactly what reading through the New Testament in 30 days is all about!

It will take you no longer than 30 minutes a day to read.  Is that not worth it?

If you think so, you can start the reading plan on YouVersion

Join us for the New Testament in 30 Days Challenge!

Why Do You Pray?

April 20, 2010

Why do you pray?

Is it because you really believe God can and will do something incredible?

OR do you pray just because you are a Christian and you think that is just what you are suppose to do?

In Acts 12 Peter was thrown in prison for his faith.  The church was earnestly praying for him and his release (v. 5).  Peter miraculously was freed from his chains and escaped prison which was exactly what they were praying for.  He showed up at a house where people were praying for him and a servant called Rhoda answers the door.  She can’t believe it’s Peter!  She tells the people who are crying out to God on Peter’s behalf and they don’t believe her either!

Could it be that many times we pray not because we truly believe God will do a miracle but because we just think it is the right thing to do?

Verse 16 says “But Peter kept knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.”

Don’t just go through the motions.  Pray and believe that God will do the miraculous!  You are praying to the God of this universe and nothing is too difficult for Him.

Don’t be surprised when He comes through BUT do be sure to give Him all the credit.

Challenging Verses

August 10, 2009

I recently finished reading through 1 Corinthians. I was really challenged by it! Here are some verses and thoughts that stood out to me:

1 Corinthians 1:18 – “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – The power doesn’t come from what I bring BUT who God is!

1 Corinthians 2:9 – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” – Keep Jesus first and He will blow your mind with what He will do through you.

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 – “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” – It is up to us to pray, invite people to church, plant seeds, etc then leave it in God’s hands. It is much easier that way.

1 Corinthians 3:11 – “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – Jesus is the only to build our lives on. Everything else will be sinking sand.

1 Corinthians 4:20 – “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” – Wow, I love this verse. It is time to put action to your words!

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 – “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” – Stop boycotting everything under the sun and care more when people who claim to know Jesus don’t act like it!

1 Corinthians 8:1
– “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” – I would rather be a builder instead of blowing a bunch of smoke.

1 Corinthians 9:22 – “I have become all things to all men so that by all means I might save some.” – What am I willing to do to reach those others aren’t reaching?

1 Corinthians 10:12 – “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” – It is only by God’s grace I am what I am. May I never thing I couldn’t fall.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” – Worship is more than singing. It should permeate everything you do!

1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Corinthians 15:54-58 – Our victory is in Jesus who conquered the grave so our labor for Him is never in vain. He is risen! Don’t ever give up!

A little Perspective

March 10, 2009

All over the news it is nothing but “doom and gloom.” The economy is in a “crisis” and a “terrible downfall.”

While I don’t deny that we have major economic problems, I think it is appropriate to take a minute to put everything in perspective.

If your household income is at least $45,000 a year, you are in the top 1% of all people in this world.

If you have a roof over your head tonight, dinner to eat, and clothes to wear tomorrow, then you are better off than 85% of the people in this world.

In Luke 15:11-32 is the story of the Prodigal Son. Many times we think it is a story about the younger son who squandered everything on “wild living” and found forgiveness through his father. It is an amazing part of the story BUT the real prodigal son is the older son at the end of the story.

The older son had anything he needed from his father at his disposal. It was great for him UNTIL his younger brother came home. As soon as his younger brother returned, the older brother lost his perspective. He no longer thought about all he had from his father but was upset because of what his younger brother received. In this case, it was the forgiveness from his father. Sound familiar? It seems we do the same thing. Instead of the incredible blessings from God that we do have, we focus on what we don’t have.

The older brother was having the time of his life until the sin of comparison.

The sin of comparison either leads to:

Pride – because you are better off than someone

OR

Envy – because you don’t have what someone else has

Instead of a focus on the economy or your current situation, let’s gain some perspective.

God has everything under control. He is not wringing His hands over the economy. None of this caught Him by surprise.

No matter how bad you THINK things are, understand that God is holding it all together. Though you might not understand everything, He has it all under control. You can’t even begin to fathom His understanding.

Read Isaiah 40:25-31 AND gain some perspective.