What Does Your Faith Mean To You?

Pic from Flickr by NewsongNY

Pic from Flickr by NewsongNY

You say that you are a Christian. You say that you love your church. You say that you love Jesus.

Do you really?

The Bible makes it emphatically clear that loving Jesus is directly tied into your obedience. In other words, if you say that you love Jesus but you continue to walk in disobedience – the Bible says that you are a liar.

Let’s continue the conversation on obedience.

You love reading your Bible. You love fellowship with other believers. You love pouring your life out into the lives of other people. However, have you ever taken the time to consider what your faith might cost you?

In the book of Acts, we are introduced to a man named Stephen.

Stephen was a man that was filled with the Holy Spirit. Based on the account of his life in Acts, here are some things that I believe to be true about Stephen.

  • He was a servant
  • He was a man of faith, not fear
  • He was an overcomer
  • He was a conqueror
  • He lived his life wanting to impact others and point them to Jesus
  • He was a biblical example of a godly man

I am wondering if when Paul wrote in Romans that we are to be living sacrifices that he had Stephen in mind.

Acts says that no one could stand against the wisdom and Spirit that was spoken by Stephen. Stephen was a vessel. He understood that God is the potter and he was the clay. He walked in surrender and was submissive to Jesus.

He was not afraid to share the gospel and proclaim the name of Jesus.

He paid for that with his life. He became the first martyr to die for his faith.

You can tell a lot about what a person believes in by what they are willing to act upon.

Think about it. A person that does not believe that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in them – will not share the gospel, will not walk in faith, will most likely not even believe in the resurrection power that the Bible says is in them.

That is incredibly tragic.

Make no mistake. Your faith will cost you.

  • It may cost you your friends
  • It may cost you certain family members
  • It may cost you your reputation
  • It may cost you your job
  • It may cost you your life
  • It may cost you your freedom

If you live in America, you most likely do not have to worry about dying for your faith.

If you know that you have the Holy Spirit in you and the power of the resurrection comes directly from the Holy Spirit, the only thing that is holding you back….is you.

What could Jesus accomplish in you and through you if you were completely sold out to your Redeemer King?

You will only live out what you truly believe in.

If your faith means anything to you, you will live by faith and not in fear.

I leave you with this:

Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6-7

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Next Things

Pic from Flickr by: The Dark Angle

Pic from Flickr by: The Dark Angle

Have you ever been provoked in your spirit?

You know what I mean, right? It is that thing inside you that gnaws at you. It starts off as just an idea and then it begins to take over. It does not go away.

The idea becomes the very thing that you cannot stop thinking about. It is almost like it has grafted itself into you and become a part of you. You are now consumed by it. You are compelled to do something about it.

This is called vision.

I believe that part of the vision that God has given me for FaithPoint includes making mature disciples that make disciples.

There has to be a plan to accomplish this.

I am going to need your help. I will explain a little later.

The blog posts will continue. I am on this journey with you and I am not going to leave you hanging. However, look for some new additions.

Some people have asked that I incorporate video into my blog posts. I am going to take some time and explore that and see what I can create that will help you in your spiritual journey.

I have been talking with some people who have been encouraging me to take my sermon notes and turn them into ebooks. I hope to have one for you by Christmas.

Here is where you come in:

I want to disciple as many people as possible. I have tried group discipleship on Facebook in the past and it didn’t go well. So, after some thought, I plan on launching an individual discipleship time. I will work directly with you and help you grow spiritually as well as help you learn how to make disciples as part of the command that Jesus gave us. If this goes well, this might turn into a paid course that more people will be able to benefit from.

You will get:

  • access to all blog posts and videos through this page, your email if you sign up to receive email updates from this blog, or you can find blog posts on my new Facebook page (The link will be at the bottom of this post.)
  • questions answered and you can talk to me through Facebook messenger
  • Google Hangouts – we will schedule time to work individually once a month and there will be other times where you are invited to a group Hangout
  • We will discuss how to apply Scripture and the gospel to all areas of life.
  • We will discuss some things like Church History, doctrine and theology, why it is important and why you should care about it.
  • We will also do some book discussions. Books will help you grow if you read the right ones.
  • We will also have Theology and Film. I will ask you to watch a movie and then we will discuss how it is relevant to our spiritual journey.

To have access to this individual discipleship time, I am going to limit the number of individuals to 12. To be one of the first, just go to my Facebook page and comment under this post saying that you want in. I will contact you through email or Facebook messenger. Just let me know the best way to contact you.

Next: If you, your organization, school, club, or church has an event, I would love it if you click on the link to the speaking page and read it. I would love to be able to be on site at your event to preach/speak and help point more people to Jesus.

Technology has made it easier to connect with each other and I want to use it to edify and equip you and glorify Christ.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Pastor Jimmy

 

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What Are You Hungry For?

esv_coffee.jpgHave you ever noticed that there are a lot of things in our lives that we eat or consume that have no value?

Think about it.

A Whopper or a Big Mac might taste good but there is no nutritional value to it. Both are loaded with calories but there is nothing in them that will sustain you. Besides, there are a lot of food choices that are better for you and taste better than anything that you can pick up from a fast food place.

Jesus talked about this in Matthew 4.

Right before Jesus was about to begin His ministry, he was taken into the wilderness where He fasted 40 days and 40 nights. Knowing that Jesus was going to be hungry, the devil shows up and tempts Jesus.

The devil says, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

Then immediately, Jesus answers, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

What is Jesus saying?

If you go to the grocery store and you look at the bread on the shelves, you will notice that they range in price from very cheap to fairly expensive.

A cheap loaf of bread has most to all of the nutrients removed and it is made with enriched flour. What you are left with is a calorie dense, nutritionally empty food source. Some breads are better but they are still calorie rich. What you have on your plate might taste good after you turn it into a sandwich or add peanut butter to it but it does nothing for you.

Your body gains no benefit from bread? To fill fuller you have to eat more. Bread does not support your muscles, it does not lower your blood pressure, it does not lower your cholesterol or help increase your metabolism. In fact, it can add to belly fat. Not good eats.

When you open the Bible, has your life started to look like what is written in the Scriptures?

I recently saw an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The interviewer asked him why he did not have cheat days or cheat meals. Arnold said he didn’t believe in that. He told the interviewer that he did not understand the purpose of having something or cheating for a momentary pleasure that might set you backwards and then you have to go back to the gym and work harder to undo what you just did. He said it would be better if he just stuck with his eating habits and not worry about cheating. He said that the results that you get are determined by what you are hungry for. You have a vision of yourself and then you eat to create that vision.

I understand that He was talking about working out and eating healthy. However, the application for our spiritual journey is huge!

What in your life is bread?

  • pride
  • pornography
  • soap operas
  • laziness
  • gossip
  • selfishness
  • TV and movies
  • living in the past
  • trying to escape the present

What seems like a momentary pleasure is more than just a “cheat meal.” It is potentially damaging to the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in you. It is a setback. Stop sabotaging yourself. The best thing to do is not cheat.

You need to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness. Let the Word of God and your Redeemer King be what sustains you.

Feed upon the everlasting Word of God.

Drink from the well of living water that is only found in Jesus.

I promise you this. The results that you achieve will far outweigh anything that you try to gain by eating “bread.”

 

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Chasing Immortality

run-634702_1280People are living longer than ever before. The chances that you have of living a life over 100 years is improving.

Look at all of the products that are on the market today:

  • anti-aging products
  • botox, plastic surgery, hair transplants
  • wraps, tummy tucks, gastric bypass surgeries
  • vitamins, supplements, packs, and hormones

It doesn’t matter what the product is, people are trying to come up with ways to either prolong life, cheat death, or live forever. Is it wrong to want to live past 100, 110, or even 120?

That is not the right question.

The question is why? Why do you want to live longer? What are the motives of your heart in saying that you want to live a long life? Are you afraid of death?

Here is what I know to be true:

  1. God has numbered our days. God has already set the days for when we were born and he knows down to the exact second when we will die.
  2. How you spend your life is entirely up to you. When God made you, you were alive in the physical sense. When Christ redeemed you and made you His own, you were made fully alive.
  3. When the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you, you are more alive than you have ever been.
  4. For the Christian, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
  5. God is the giver of life.
  6. God does not guarantee what we would consider a normal life. Nor does God attribute a long life to those who live obedient lives to Him.

I think that we have over glorified immortality. Whether it be books, movies, vampires, heroes, werewolves, or the Highlander, we are caught up in these characters who are able to live centuries without dying.

I would like us to remember that God does not make mistakes. While there is nothing in the Bible that is against, eating healthy, working out or trying to be as fit and healthy as possible, we need to realize that aging is not a disease.

Instead of worrying about how long we are going to live or when we are going to die let’s do something else instead.

Let’s agree today to live a life full of meaning and purpose! Let’s live our life pouring out into the lives of others. May our life be spent learning, living, teaching, and making disciples who will love Christ and make many more disciples.

At the end of the day, I want to go home empty. I want to go to bed knowing that I left it all out on the field and I have nothing else. Rest, sleep and the Word of God will fill me to go out and pour into the life of one who needs it.

Pour your life into your spouse, your kids, and whoever else you can.

Given the choice of staying on this rock we call earth, or being with Jesus, I would much rather be with Jesus.

What about you?

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Stay In The Fight

boxing-gloves-375473_1280Today is May 1. Did that one sneak up on you by surprise?

Can you believe that we are five months into our 365 day journey?

I want to offer you some encouragement.

Don’t Give Up. You may have already missed some goals, fallen behind, made some commitments and failed to make good on them. You might have fallen off the train, jumped back into a sin that you feel holds you at bondage, you may have lied to your spouse or your kids. You are not defeated. Repentance gets you back in the ring. Repent. Remember, we are on a 365 day journey asking Christ to will and to work in us to make us more like Him regardless of the cost. We are putting everything on the line to follow Christ. It is Christ or nothing. Grace covers your mistakes. Mercy is brand new everyday.

Stay In The Fight. Dust off your gloves. Put them on. Climb back into the ring. With the Holy Spirit living inside you – impossible is not a word in your vocabulary. There will be struggles and trials but there will also be victory and celebration. Do not miss to celebrate even a small victory. That can help provide the motivation to continue in the fight when you think you are done.

There are two things to remember:

  1. You can’t throw a punch if you are not willing to take a punch.
  2. It is not how many times you get knocked down. It is how many times you get back up.

We are called to be more than conquerors in Christ. We are told that because Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us that we will do greater things than He was able to do in the short time that He was on this planet.

That thing, that dream, that vision that you have inside you; Christ gave it to you. The Bible says in John 1, that Jesus is the Creator of the universe. The Creator of the universe crafted that very passion that you have inside you. There is something that He has birthed in you and it will not leave you alone. Trust Him. He will see you through it.

Obedience is everything. The work that Jesus wants to do in you is more important than the work that He wants to do through you.

That is why we are on this journey together.

I want you to know that I am intentional about helping you become the disciple that Jesus created you to be.

We still have seven months on our journey. We need to stay connected. Here is how you can stay in touch with me:

  • If you have not done so already, subscribe by email so that you do not miss a post
  • Connect with me on Facebook
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I would also like to meet you in person. If you have a conference, event or would like me to speak at your church, feel free to check out my speaking page.

Let’s finish this journey well.

 

 

Use Your Greatest Fear As A Launching Pad

acapulco-81397_1280Have you ever heard the saying that you have found your calling when you find your why?

Think about it.

When you know the reason behind why you do something, you have found the very thing that drives you to action. You have found your fuel. You have found your motivation.

Now you might be asking, “How do you find your why?”

I do not believe that everyone finds their why in exactly the same way. However, I do believe I know of one possible way to explore in looking for your why. It is using your greatest fear as a launching pad.

What are you afraid of?

I don’t mean being afraid of things like sharks, snakes, spiders, or creepy dudes in clown costumes.

What I mean is this:

What keeps you up at night? What is so broken in this world that you can’t stand it and you lose sleep over it?

That is a good place to start.

Whatever makes you uncomfortable, whatever the Holy Spirit is doing stirring inside you – go there.

I want to share mine with you. I don’t want to die without my life making a difference.

Let me explain:

When I look around and I see marriages failing, homes without dads, porn addiction, alcohol and drug addiction, broken people, shattered dreams, troubled and depressed kids, and people that feel like the world has forgot them, I feel like my spirit instantly is caught on fire.

Why?

This garbage has gone on for too long. I want to go to the lost, hurting and broken. I want to share with them the love of Jesus. I want them to hear the wonderful news of the gospel. I want them to give their lives to Jesus.

You may have heard it said that the test of a great preacher or leader is not that they say, “What a good sermon!” or “What a good speech!” but that they will say, “I will do something.”

You have to know that not everyone will like the way you lead or your communication style. You also have to know that some people apart from the Holy Spirit spurring them to action (and I mean that in the literal sense) are never going to get off of the couch.

You are not going to be able to help everyone but don’t let that stop you. You can help one.

I want to help one:

  • one couple to fall in love with Jesus, fall in love with each other and pray with them that God will restore their marriage.
  • one guy to walk away from their addiction, to put down the porn, the alcohol, or the drugs and pick up their kids.
  • one troubled and depressed teenager to see the love of Jesus and to experience His grace and mercy.
  • one person to learn how to dream again and inspire them to make a difference by pouring out their life into the life of someone else.

You can help one person.

Don’t let your fear sideline you but use it to motivate you, to charge your battery, to fuel your drive to want to lead and make change in this world. Use your greatest fear as your launching pad to find your why.

When you find your why, you are on your way to making a difference in the life of someone else.

Have you found your why?

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Fight For Your Wife

10954208_10203072535643899_7055686585492715950_oHave you ever noticed that life has a way of wanting to drive a wedge into your most meaningful relationships? Before you know it, you have lost that connection. Meetings happen, work demands your attention, phone calls and emails have to be returned and errands have to be run.

A few months go by and one day your wife says that she doesn’t feel like she knows who you are.

This can be changed. This is not inevitable.

I get it. We all lead busy lives. When we get home we all like to kick back and relax. However, I don’t ever want my wife to feel like that I chose Netflix over her.

Our wives should be our best friends. I know mine is. I definitely want to keep it that way. To protect my marriage and cultivate the relationship that I have with my wife, there have to be some boundaries set that show my wife that I am serious about her.

My wife and I took a mini-retreat together last week and I would not change that for anything. I loved every minute that I got to spend with her. We went into the North Georgia mountains and stayed at a conference center. We drove around exploring together and investigated some new restaurants that we would like to visit again. She made that trip special for me. If it had been just me, I would not have enjoyed it as much.

Fight For Your Wife

Fighting for your wife is intentional. Let me explain:

If you, as the man, do not fight for your wife, you will not have much of a marriage. Everything worth having is worth fighting for. The Bible says that he who finds a wife finds a good thing.

Your wife is a treasure. If you want to keep the treasure, you have to fight to protect the treasure.

Here are 8 ways that you can fight for your wife:

  1. Pray with her and for her.
  2. Read the Bible with her.
  3. Read books together.
  4. Date her. Take her on dates as often as possible. You need that quality time together. Schedule a babysitter and make it happen.
  5. Study her. A good wife is always growing and God is working in her to make her more like Christ. You need to talk to her and listen to her. You need to know what God is doing in and through her. You need to know what her new interests and concerns are. This will help you better pray for her.
  6. Pursue Jesus. The best thing that you can possibly do for your wife is follow Jesus. When she knows that you are following Jesus, she will be more passionate about following you as you lead her.
  7. Get away together. Plan an annual or biannual trip for just you and your wife. You both need this. Make it a time for rest, reconnecting and just being with each other. You both will grow to look forward to this cherished time together.
  8. Encourage her. She needs to know that you want her. She needs you to lift her up and edify her. She has too many things and distractions that are trying to feed into her insecurities. She doesn’t need one more. She needs you to be the man that God created you to be and be that man for her.

While we are on the subject of fighting for your wife, kill your enemies. You know what they are. Pride, selfishness, fear, laziness, anger, just go ahead and put a gospel bullet in them.

Sex is not your enemy. The perversion of it is. Sex with your wife is both beautiful and wonderful. God created it that way. You can thank Him. Sex was His idea.

However, part of fighting for your wife means that you are guarding both your heart and your eyes. Your wife should be the only woman that you desire to see naked. As men, we do not need to see the breasts of another woman. We do not need that image in our minds. God did not give you your wife to compete with a girl on a screen.

God gave you your wife. She is a gift. Her eyes, her body, her lips everything that you enjoy about your wife is God’s gift to you. She is yours. Treat her like the gift that she is.

I know that my wife is in my corner. She is my greatest encourager and I thank God that He gave me my wife.

 

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The Secret to Living a Defiant Joy: An interview with Margaret Feinberg

070714_Cover_1024x1024One of my favorite authors, Margaret Feinberg, has been through a brutal fight with cancer and shares the unexpected lessons she discovered along the way in her new book and Bible study Fight Back With Joy.

It’s been inspiring to learn how Margaret has been practicing a defiant joy, and I thought you might like to get an insider’s look, a sneak peek of the video and read an interview with Margaret.

Preview the 6-Session DVD Bible Study, here.

Your newest book and Bible study, Fight Back With Joy, was born out of your fight with a life-threatening illness. What was your difficult diagnosis, and what has your journey to health entailed?

For the last 18 months, I’ve been battling breast cancer. Breast cancer isn’t just one disease represents thousands of different diseases with their varying components and factors. Being diagnosed under the age of 40 is significant. I’ve been through a brutal year of chemotherapy, radiation, and more surgeries than I can count or want to remember.

Why did you write Fight Back With Joy?

I studied joy for a year and was putting the finishing touches on book on joy—just two weeks from turning it into the publisher, when I received the diagnosis. I had been pursuing and activating joy in my life in the relatively good times, now I had to do it in the midst of darkness, depression, and torturous pain. Through the process, I’ve discovered the breadth, depth, and power of joy—that despite hundreds of sermons and many decades in the church—no one had told me of before.

In Fight Back With Joy book and Bible study, you really push the reader to reevaluate their definition of joy. Why do you think this is so important?

Much of the teaching I’ve heard on joy over the years is oversimplified. I remember those days in Sunday school learning that JOY is spelled Jesus, Others, Yourself. While that made perfect sense at 9 years old, I’ve seen how distorted that can become as an adult.

I see friends who love Jesus but spend so much time pouring into their kids, grandkids and others that their joy looks something like this: jOy.

Technically, it still spells joy, but more than anything, these men and women who are so exhausted, so empty, so running on fumes from pouring into others need to pause and take time to focus on themselves. Laying hold of joy right now will require them to reevaluate for a season and discover the joy that comes with JYo.

I also noticed how most of the definitions of joy define it more by what it isn’t than by what it is. I constantly heard that happiness is based on circumstance but joy is not dependent on circumstance.

Biblical expressions of joy turn out to be far different than what I had been taught. I am now convinced the writers of the Bible would say that, the reason we have joy is because we have great circumstances. If you are a child of God, you are drenched in the grace and mercy of God.

No matter what you’re facing: Your circumstances are better than you think.

If you’re not experiencing joy, perhaps it’s because your definition of joy is too narrow.

On a scale of 1-10, how hard was it for you to write this book and Bible study?

An eleven! This journey has been the most painful experience of my life.

And, to share about it requires some vulnerability. Okay, a lot of vulnerability. And, that’s really, really hard. But I feel like I’m finally ready to share what God has stirred in my heart along the way because although cancer has been the most painful journey—it has also been the most joyful.

And no one is more surprised than I am.

Pick up a copy of Fight Back With Joy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble today.

Awaken

sunrise-165094_1280No one wakes up one morning and thinks to themselves, “I think I would like to go to prison today.” What they do not realize is that they were already in prison before they actually got there.

When you talk to some people about their dreams or passions, you get this blank stare. Their eyes get a glazed look. It is almost as if they cannot relate to what you are saying. I worked with a few people in my life that chased after money instead of their calling. They ended up settling for a job that paid very well but they were miserable. They had no vision, no passion, no dream, but they had a paycheck.

What about you?

Has the vision that God gave you been stuffed into a box and stuck into a dark closet? Has your dream died?

I want to share something with you.

It is people who step out on faith that change the world. They know that God has given them a vision and it is so big that it scares them but they know that they have to accomplish this. If God put it in you, He is going to see you through it. People that live their lives by faith understand that when God gives you something that is too big to accomplish on your own, you find people to help you because you are compelled to bring this vision to fruition.

I have been told that God doesn’t work in awesome ways anymore like He did in the Bible. Isn’t that stupid? I believe that God works all the time and we just don’t have the faith to see it. I also believe that we do not see more of God’s works in our lives because we are not full of anticipation and expectation to see what He is going to do in us and through us.

It is easy to see that the Bible clearly says that the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you. I totally believe that. However, with the lackadaisical way that we live our lives, we have probably bored the Holy Spirit to sleep.

  • Where is the light that pierces the darkness?
  • Where is the city on a hill?
  • Where is the salt of the earth?
  • Where are the clay pots that are supposed to lead other clay pots to the Potter?

Have you forgot how to dream? Are we slaves to Netflix? We sit at home on our couches watching shows and movies that are the results of other peoples hard work and dreams. We watch the results of others instead of pursuing the dreams and passions that God has stirred in our own souls.

As much as I want I cannot:

  • force you to dream
  • cultivate your relationship with our Heavenly Father
  • find your calling for you
  • walk out on faith on your behalf
  • pick you up and move you from the couch into action

You have to want those things for yourself.

It’s time to awaken what is asleep inside you.

Let’s be people of faith that is known by their lives being saturated with the Scripture.

Let’s pray that God would ignite a spark and it would start a fire within the church. People, families, churches, cities would all be changed because of gospel centered people sharing the love of Jesus with people who have no light of hope.

I want you to know that I am praying for you.

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What Are You Doing Here?

Pic from rgbstock by lusi

Pic from rgbstock by lusi

I remember a time when I was driving my Mustang to Savannah. It was a time that I will not soon forget. It was pouring down rain. My tire lost traction when it hit a patch of water. The car spun wildly out of control across both lanes of I-16. I felt the back of the car start to go down the embankment. The next thing I knew, I was in a huge ditch. I could no longer see the road. The car had buried itself in mud up to the driver’s door. I couldn’t open it. I managed to open the passenger door and climb out. I climbed out the ditch and made it back to the interstate.

When God calls you to salvation, you begin a path, a journey. This is called sanctification. It is a process. You are on this journey to conform to the image of Christ. The journey is complete when either God takes you home or Jesus returns and takes us all with Him.
Elijah is known for being a man of obedience. He preached and went only when God told him. He listened carefully to listen to God’s voice and God’s voice only.
Ahab had to make up a story to tell his wife because Elijah killed over 800 prophets of Jezebel.
Jezebel sent a message to Elijah that she was going to kill him.
Elijah left and ran – without consulting God first. He did not pray. He did not seek counsel. He ran.
Elijah ran for over six days.
God is not finished with Elijah.
The angel is God’s first move to get Elijah back on the path from which he left.
God did not leave Elijah. Elijah left God.
What are you doing here Elijah?
Why are you where you are right now in your life?
It is easy for people to blame others for their current circumstances.
People want to live as if the decisions they make today have no impact on tomorrow.
If that was the truth, guilt, regret, and shame would almost be non-existent.
Decisions have consequences. Look back at how you got here:
  • Why do people have credit cards with an average balance of $7000?
  • Why are women pregnant outside of marriage?
  • Why do men find more pleasure in pornography or the arms of another woman than they do their own wife?
  • Why do men not lead their families physically or spiritually?
  • Why do people sing lies at church?
  • Why do pastors plead with the congregations every Sunday and the altars like peoples’ lives remain empty?
  • Why do people chase dreams while sacrificing their marriage and families?
  • Why do people pray for opportunities to share the gospel and the gospel never leaves their lips?
Elijah was in a hole. The angel was Elijah’s wake up call. The ditch was mine. Elijah went to the only place where he believed that he would hear from God. Mount Horeb. This is the mountain where Moses heard from God.
Elijah forgot about God’s providence, sovereignty, omnipotence.
God did not speak to Elijah in loud, flamboyant, extravagant ways.
God spoke to Elijah in a whisper.
God still speaks. He speaks in a still small voice – a whisper. You have to prepare yourself to hear from God.
Do you want to hear from God?
Go to the cross!
Some people have been on their path so long that they cannot see where they first went wrong.
Go back to the cross.
The place where you as a sinner first encountered Jesus and He rocked your world!
Lay your thoughts, guilt, shame, regret, habits, burdens, baggage, junk at the cross!
Pray that God would restore in you a passion and desire for His face…for holiness.
Pray Hebrews 12:29
God consume me with your fire!
If we became a people with a passion and a burning desire for God, this would affect
  • marriages
  • parents
  • youth
  • college students
  • churches
  • cities
The first step to getting out of your pit is going back to the cross.
Go back to Jesus!